Telefónica-backed squad leaves with brilliant stage win in Crans-Montana by Einer Rubio, best Blue finishes in 11th overall.
Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic (TJV) claimed on Sunday the 106th edition of the Giro d’Italia, which reached its last finish line in Rome with an inevitable bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish (AST). Geraint Thomas (IGD) and Joao Almeida (UAD) completed the overall podium of a ‘Corsa Rosa’ where the Movistar Team got back to winning ways after four years.
The squad directed on Italian soil by Maximilian Sciandri, Pablo Lastras and Xabier Muriel showed great commitment and team spirit over the three weeks of racing and added to its palmarès a win on stage 13 to Crans-Montana, thanks to the talent and intelligence from Einer Rubio. The young man from Boyacá was the best-placed Blue finisher in the GC, 11th.
A series of crashes, especially those sustained into the first half of the race, prevented Fernando Gaviria from adding a success to that account and also forced to the Movistar Team’s only DNF in this Giro: the one from Óscar Rodríguez, now recovering from a renal haematoma produced by his brutal impact against a signpost and house during stage 11. Will Barta, Carlos Verona, José Joaquín Rojas, Max Kanter and Albert Torres were, in turn, able to reach Rome.