Team News: Movistar Relegated at Catalunya

Movistar win stage two of the Volta a Catalunya, a 41km TTT in Banyoles where they edged out World champions BMC

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Team News: Movistar Relegated at Catalunya

Note: After the press release was published, the jury have penalised the whole of the Movistar team and so the result changes (see below)

Original Press Release before the relegation

Movistar win stage two of the Volta a Catalunya, a 41km TTT in Banyoles where they edged out World champions BMC

The Movistar squad was the only one able to compete against the American team, initially putting eight seconds into the BMC formation after 21km. The Movistar resisted the BMC comeback in a demanding second half, as Alejandro Valverde, Amador, Castroviejo, Soler, Fernández, Oliveira, Erviti and José Joaquín Rojas reached the line together to claim the leader’s jersey.

Movistar’s effort puts Valverde into the leader’s jersey 46 seconds up Chris Froome (SKY) and 1’15” on Alberto Contador (TFS), the main contenders for an overall classification surely hard-fought all the way to Barcelona on Sunday.

The Movistar Team will defend its coveted position on Wednesday at a demanding stage three, the first of two mountain-top finishes in the Volta towards La Molina (Cat-1). A first passage through the last climb will be tackled 25km from the finish, riders up for a demanding course with 4,300m vertical gain in 188km.
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Alejandro Valverde: “It was a very tough time trial. We knew it would be hard, because we had ridden it five times during the last few days. It was a technical one, and knowing the course well ended up being key. We feared a bit the rain, because it would have made for a dangerous course, but we were lucky in the end and we got through it safe.

“We must go day-by-day, yet we put a very important gap on strong rivals today. It will be very difficult tomorrow, and I’m worried about bad weather again – let’s hope we can stay dry all week. My legs have been feeling good over the last few days, despite not having raced anything since Andalucía, so I hope I can keep the jersey. Obviously, though, having Contador or Froome contesting it will make for a difficult defense.”

1 BMC Racing Team
2 Team Sky @44
3 Movistar Team @58
4 Trek – Segafredo @1.13
5 ORICA-Scott @1.22
6 FDJ @1.42

1. Ben Hermans, BMC Racing Team85:17:18
8. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky 0:44
9. Peter Kennaugh, Team Sky
13. Chris Froome, Team Sky
15. Alejandro Valverde, Movistar Team 0:58
22. Alberto Contador Trek – Segafredo 1.13
23. Bauke Mollema Trek – Segafredo
27. Adam Yates, ORICA-Scott 1.22



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