2011 Giro d'Italia - Team Movistar Announced
Eusebio Unzué selected a strong team to support David Arroyo in his bid for the
Maglia Rosa. A well balanced crew to support Arroyo and hunt stage wins
Telephone squad depart for Torino on Wednesday with the aim to keep their
position as one of the strongest blocks in the 2011 season during the first
Grand Tours of the calendar
Movistar Team have decided the 9-rider squad that will defend their jersey in
the 94th edition of the Giro d'Italia, starting in Torino on Saturday 7th. Led
by last edition's runner up in the Italian Grand Tour, the team will line up is:
| David Arroyo (ESP)
Pablo Lastras (ESP)
Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
Sergio Pardilla (ESP)
Luis Pasamontes (ESP)
|Branislau Samoilau (BLR)
Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU)
Carlos Oyarzun (CHI)
Fran Ventoso (ESP)
The team will ride under the sports direction from
José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Jaimerena.
David Orroyo and his team in blue and green will be one to watch and easy to
find in the peloton with their distinctive kit and lime green helmets
Photo courtesy Team Movistar
The telephone squad's General Manager Eusebio Unzué is optimistic and hopeful
for the chances for his team in their first ever Corsa Rosa with the blue
and green colors of Movistar Team:
“We are bringing a very solid squad for this race, with names able to shine
in all terrains. On the paper, we have in mind that Arroyo is our leader for the
GC, Arroyo already knows what it means to be on the podium of this race. He's
coming into the start in really good condition and has done several Giros within
"From the rest I'll be expecting some more things apart from supporting their
leaders. We have good climbers like Pardilla who will find good terrain here;
allrounders and puncheurs like Lastras, Kiryienka or riders performing well
lately, such as Pasamontes, Samoilau, Konovalovas and Oyarzun.'
" Plus, for the stages that end up in a sprint, which I expect won't be too
often, we'll be counting on Fran Ventoso, who I think will be a real contender
for the victories. It's a big bummer for me not having Amador in, because he
already knew the race and I'm sure he could have done some important things by
the way he was feeling. The most important thing is that the whole team is
coming into the race in great form, and that makes me feel optimistic."
“It's clear that the ten victories we have achieved give us a bit more
tranquility. Not only the wins, also the attitude from the team all year, since
we did not 'disappear' in any race and always had some chance of victory. That
keeps you always confident, because we have to keep in mind how big this year's
Giro is. Not just a geographically tough race -a bit more this season-, but also
a field of participants that will be at least as strong as the Tour de France's.
That makes more difficult to do something big there, but we'll be trying and I'm
convinced it'll be a spectacular race for all the fans."
Team Leader David Arroyo was 2nd overall in what was undoubtedly an
unforgettable 2010 edition for him, David Arroyo heads to the start of the Giro
once again with the objective to take another top-ten to add to his three in pro
career. A brilliant climber, his chances to shine in the race will be favoured
by the presence of only one flat ITT, and the Spaniard will reach the
Italian grand tour close to his peak after a calm season start, with his sights
set only on performing well in his main GC aim of the year.
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