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Who is really leading Movistar at the Giro d’Italia?

Both Movistar are riders Alejandro Valverde and Andrey Amador are in the top three of the Giro d’Italia overall, but who is really leading the team?

Who Is Really Leading Movistar At The Giro D’Italia?

Movistar, which placed two on the podium1 behind Team Sky s Chris Froome2 in the 2015 Tour de France3 last year, knows the importance of numbers. Mid-way into the Giro d Italia4, after the close of stage 11 in Asolo5, Movistar has Andrey Amador sitting second and Alejandro Valverde6 third and says that both riders are leading the team s efforts for the overall title.

>>> Giro d Italia 2016: Key info, route, contenders7

Luxembourger Bob Jungels8 (Etixx Quick-Step) currently leads the race by 24 seconds over Costa Rican Amador and Spaniard Valverde. Movistar have made duel leadership work before. Last year in the Tour, Valverde placed third overall with Colombian teammate Nairo Quintana9 second.

Having both him and Alejandro up front has its advantages, Team Manager Eusebio Unzu told Cycling Weekly in Asolo, metres away from the finish line where Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) won.

They are both the leaders. There are only a few that are up there in the overall group and we want to keep our riders there, then we will see when we get to the big mountain stage on Saturday10.

Right now, they are both going well and always in the favourites group.


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Amador, fourth overall in the 2015 Giro11, attacked in the final kilometres of the stage for both the stage win and the pink jersey. Race leader Jungels bridged to him immediately, and Ulissi followed. Amador s move, however, raised flags among some followers.

He tried to gain time on Jungels. He took some time on the other rivals, so that s good, added Unzu . Does it not bother Alejandro? No. He s happy for it too. It s good for him to have Amador up there, it s better than not having him.

When Andrey attacked today, I pulled my brakes, 38-year-old Valverde said. He went free with Jungels, that s good for the team.

Valverde practically grew up in Unzu s Spanish team. He won the Vuelta in 2009 and took five other podium places in Grand Tours. This year, he has his best chance at winning the Giro, but his own teammate could stop him if he proves to be stronger.

Were still both there, we don t have to think about one is going to work for one or the other, Valverde said.

Last year, he was fourth. He s going very well, he s in form. We still have to get to mountains, but it s clear, he s one that s up there and ready to attack in the mountains.

We are second and third, so it s the others who are going to have to attack us.

References

  1. ^ placed two on the podium (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ stage 11 in Asolo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Alejandro Valverde (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ >>> Giro d Italia 2016: Key info, route, contenders (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Bob Jungels (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ the big mountain stage on Saturday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ 2015 Giro (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Alejandro Valverde has Google Maps to thank for Vuelta stage four win

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde used Google Maps to scope out the final climb of stage four at the Vuelta a Espa a

Alejandro Valverde Has Google Maps To Thank For Vuelta Stage Four Win

25 August 2015 70th Vuelta a Espana Stage 04 : Estepona – Vejer de la Frontera VALVERDE Alejandro (ESP) Movistar IRIZAR Markel (ESP) Trek Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Riders targeting the overall victory a the Vuelta a Espa a will likely have scoped out the key climbs of the race by way of a reconnaissance mission1, but some of the earlier stages go under the radar when it comes to pre-race preparation.

Alejandro Valverde2 dominated the final kilometre of the short, brutal climb to Vejer de la Frontera3 in a fashion that made viewers think he d been out on the climb and picked his perfect time to attack. But the reality was that the Spanish champion simply looked on Google Maps on the morning of the stage and discovered that it played to his strengths.

Alejandro Valverde Has Google Maps To Thank For Vuelta Stage Four Win

The final stages of the climb to Vejer de la Frontera on Google Maps

We did not know the finish and this morning we saw on Google Maps which is the best thing since sliced bread that was hard. We saw that it could be good for me, he told AS.4

Katusha s Alberto Losada was pushing hard and I saw that I could wait for those last 400 meters, which I knew were very tough.

Valverde beat Peter Sagan5 to the line to deny the Slovak his second consecutive stage win, with Katusha s Dani Moreno pipping Nicolas Roche into third place.

References

  1. ^ Nairo Quintana recons Tour de France cobbles (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Alejandro Valverde (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Five talking points from stage four of the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ he told AS. (ciclismo.as.com)
  5. ^ Peter Sagan (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)