Vuelta CV Féminas (Sunday 9th), nine-day ‘stage’ (10th-18th) in Alicante and aero / material testing in Navarra (ends Friday) mark busy calendar of events for Blues this month.
The women’s Movistar Team will be starting their 2020 season this week as they pin their numbers for the first competition of the year, the Vuelta CV Féminas (Sunday 9th; 97.7km from Paterna to Valencia), and some key activities for the whole, 11-woman roster managed by Sebastián Unzué and Jorge Sanz.
The Blues have spent the last two days into TT testing, adjusting biomechanical profiles and trying out new materials, at the Tafalla velodrome in Navarra, some adjustments which the men’s team underwent in Mallorca at last week’s training camp. Following the testing, the Movistar Team will head south to Valencia, where Aude Biannic, Jelena Erić, Alicia González, Barbara Guarischi, Lourdes Oyarbide and Alba Teruel will be representing the Blues.
After the end of Sunday’s Vuelta CV, the whole Telefónica-backed outfit –Katrine Aalerud, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Eider Merino, Paula Patiño and Gloria Rodríguez complete the 11-rider roster- will get together at the Hotel Cap Negret in Altea (Alicante), holding their second training camp after last December’s meeting in Calpe. Training programs, physical and technical tests, internal organisation meetings and sponsor duties will be the Blues’ agenda through Tuesday 18th February.
After the training camp, the Blues will resume racing with the Setmana Valenciana (Feb 20-23), with their national teams; the new Vuelta a Castellón (Feb 28 – Mar 1st), back in regular Movistar Team kit; and the opening weekend of Belgian classics: the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Saturday 29th), the Omloop van het Hageland (Sunday 1st) and Le Samyn (Tuesday 3rd).
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