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2011 Giro d'Italia - Team Movistar Announced
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Date: 5/3/2011
2011 Giro d'Italia - Team Movistar Announced

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 the best."

"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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