Santos Tour Down Under 2012

Movistar santos tour down under 2012

This year’s Santos Tour Down Under was a success for Movistar Cycling Team who finished second in individual and third in the team classifications. Movistar’s and  Valverde’s smart and aggressive attack on stage 5 the toughest course in the tour. Although Movistar Cycling team did not defend their over-all team victory from 2011,  The team focused on the ochre Jersey for Valverde during stage 5.

Stage 6: Valverde ties for leader’s jersey

Movistar Valverde Tour Down Under 2012

Alejandro Valverde finished the Tour Down Under within the same time as ochre Jersey wearer Simon Gerrans , but did not over-take his time, and finished second overall.  Never the less, this year’s Santos Tour Down Under was a success for Movistar Cycling Team  Stage 6 was a bunch finish for most of the peloton and the leaders with Andre Greipel taking his 4th win of the week, his 3rd stage victory of the tour. JJ Rojas finished in 5th place after surviving some touches from other riders in the final kilometers. Movistar directeur José Luis Arrieta kept Valverde at a safe distance behind the sprinters to prevent him from risking a crash.

Stage 6 results:
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 1:56:48
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
25 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
29 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
34 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
43 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
84 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:00:36
Final Overall Classifications
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 20:46:12
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
8 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar 0:00:23
14 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar 0:01:15
20 José Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar 0:02:33
66 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:21:09
105 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:33:53
Team Classifications
1 RadioShack-Nissan 62:19:53
2 Sky Procycling 0:00:24
3 Movistar 0:00:31
4 Rabobank 0:04:40
5 Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:04:45

Valverde wins St. 5 in perfectly timed sprint!

Valverde wins TDU stage 5


Stage 5 Sat January 21 McLaren Vale/Old Willunga 151.5 km

Alejandro Valverde returned to his winning ways by timing his attack perfectly on the longest and toughest stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Valverde and Simon Gerrans caught up with a lead group within one KM remaining and Alejandro, retaining his old form, out raced Gerrans across the finish line. 5 Movistar riders Valverde, Moreno- who took Valverde up the climb, Madrazo, Gutierrez and Rojas finished with the top riders in this stage. Today marks the one year anniversary of Xavier Tondo’s individual time trial win in Argentina, Movistar document the event on their site.

“I’m super happy,” said Valverde at the stage finish. “My team has been perfect today. I couldn’t have won without them. It’s a really emotional moment for me. This win is for all those who have supported me during my time off the bike.
“The stage suited me – we put the team at the front, and to finish it off – it’s a perfect comeback for me.”

Stage 5 results
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 3:45:48
7 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar 0:00:13
15 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar 0:01:05
18 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
23 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
48 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar
92 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:13:33
Overall Classification
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 18:49:24
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
8 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar 0:00:23
14 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar 0:01:15
16 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar 0:01:27
21 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar 0:02:33
68 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:20:33
105 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:33:53

1 Radioshack-Nissan 56:29:29
2 Sky Procycling 0:00:24
3 Movistar 0:00:31
4 Rabobank 0:04:40
5 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:04:45 

Movistar excels, Rojas finishes 6th!


Stage 4 Fri January 20 Norwood – Tanunda 130 km

Movistar Team aggressive attack on Mengler’s Hill separated the peloton and general classification in this year’s tour down under. Movistar’s fast pace dropped then leader Greipel and moved 40 riders including Valverde, Rojas, Gutiérrez, Moreno and Madrazo under 12 seconds behind the leader’s jersey. This great team riding also proppelled Movistar into the 2nd place overall team leaders. Oscar Freire took the stage while Rojas finished in 6th, and 12 place only 11 seconds behind new leader Kohler.

Stage 4 results
1 Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha 3:08:34
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
12 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
15 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
23 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
33 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
64 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
66 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar
General Classification
1 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC 15:03:34
12 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar 0:00:11
22 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:12
27 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
38 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
41 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
89 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:15:04
101 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:20:22
Team Classification
1 Sky Procycling 45:11:18
2 Movistar
3 Katusha
4 RadioShack-Nissan
5 Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Movistar stays on pace in stage 3

Stage 3 was uneventful as for Movistar riders, or the peloton picking up time in a flat, condensed race. Everyone finished within the same time, and Andre Greipel won his 3rd race of the Tour Down Under.

Stage 3 results: 1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 3:21:55
17 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
54 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
55 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
61 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
94 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
96 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
104 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar

Overall Standings:
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 11:54:52
20 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:20
37 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
53 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
54 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
56 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
92 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:07:27
101 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:12:43
1 UNI SA - Australia 25:38:49
2 Sky Procycling 0:01:02
3 RadioShack-Nissan
4 Lotto-Belisol
12 Movistar

Alejandro Valverde finishes 4th

Movistar tour down under 2012

Stage 2 Wed January 18 Lobethal – Stirling 148 km


Alejandro Valverde returned to his usual racing form by finishing in 4th place in the second stage of the Tour Down Under 2012. Stage 2 saw the riders tackle one of the most underrated stages of this year’s race, 148 kilometres from Lobethal to Stirling which includes four rounds up the Stirling climb, one of the key difficulties of the Tour Down Under. Australian William Clarke broke away with 68 km left to the finish line and soloed 4 laps the Sterling climb to win stage 2 of the Tour.
The Movistar riders tried bringing Clarke in before the climb by sending Moreno and Erviti after him, but did not get help from other teams.
Valverde was happy after the stage and claimed he could have done a bit better: “This was a day when I wanted to see how I could feel, and I found myself out competitive again. Yesterday’s was an extremely hard day, one of the most suffered I ever had on a bike due to enormous heat, but the temperatures were coller today and I showed I’m fine. This boosts my confidence for the future and takes the pressure off myself after so much time without racing, but we’ve got to be cautious and see how I recover from the efforts. I started sprinting too early with Boasson Hagen because the headwind was a bit strong, and Matthews overtook me at the end. I stopped pedalling in the final meters and Gerrans went over me just over the line. I could have taken 3rd but, apart from that, my objective was getting within the best. Seeing the big riders here, with Boasson Hagen and Matthews, who won here last year, I think I did.”
Valverde is in 20th place overall just 12 seconds behind the overall race leader leader and 9 points behind in the sprinters’ classification. JJ Rojas rode well and finished within the peloton proving stage 1 crash was not serious at all.

Stage 2 results: 

1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 3:58:35
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar       0:01:02
33 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
38 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
55 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
63 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
92 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar          0:08:09
112 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar       0:13:27
Overall after 2 stages:
1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 8:33:05
20 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:12
37 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
53 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
54 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
56 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar
92 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:07:19
101 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar 0:12:37
1 UNI SA - Australia 25:38:49
2 Sky Procycling 0:01:02
3 RadioShack-Nissan
4 Lotto-Belisol
12 Movistar

Alejandro Valverde said (pre race):
“I don’t exactly if I can perform as well as two years in Stirling and make the top 3 again. Yesterday, it was extremely hot, so it made it hard to tell if I’m in good shape or not. I’m racing the Santos Tour Down Under with no pressure. We’ll see how it goes.”

Movistar survives humid stage unscathed

Stage 1 Tuesday, January 17 2012 Prospect – Clare1 149 km
On a very hot day with temperatures soaring above 107º, 42ºc Movistar riders braved the heat, winds and a 4 man breakaway by replenishing themselves with fluids by making visits to the team car during the first stage of the 2012 Tour Down Under. There was a  crash at the 1.5 km mark that is holding up the total results, but it’s official that Greipel took the stage from Pitacchi and Sabatini. According to Movistar twitter: José Joaquín JJ Joaquin does not have important injuries after the fall undergone to 1 kilometer of the end, and finished within the leaders. Video from stage 1

Stage 1 and overall results: 1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 4:33:40
33 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
36 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
50 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar
58 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
65 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
95 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar 0:01:20
97 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar 0:01:40

Movistar tour down under stage 1 2012

Rojas finishes 4th in prologue

JJ Rojas finished in 4th place win today’s Tour Down Under prologue held in Adelaide. Movistar finished strong as Ivan Rodriguez took the first sprinters mark, and 8th overall and Alejandro Valverde was in great form attacking throughout the criterium. Rojas punctured a tire on the final of 30 laps that was remedied fast by the technical squad.
Watch the last 3 minutes of the finish here 

1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 1:03:17 
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
8 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar
20 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar
26 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:17
27 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar
67 David Lopez (Spa) Movistar 0:00:35
103 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar

Movistar for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under managed by Jose Luis Arrieta:

Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Imanol Erviti (Spa), Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa), David Lopez (Spa), Angel Madrazo (Spa), Javier Moreno (Spa), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa).

The 2012 santos Tour Down Under will be the he 14th and feature a hill-top finish on Stage 5 at Old Willunga Hill along with a new classification process to be used for the first time for SKODA King of the Mountain climbs where Menglers Hill on Stage 4, and Old Willunga Hill on Stage 5 have received Cat 1 status. These changes will separate the sprinters from the climbers and is sure to shakeup the overall classification.

Stage 1 Tues January 17   Prospect - Clare1         149 km
Stage 2 Wed January 18    Lobethal - Stirling       148 km

Stage 3 Thur January 19   Unley - Victor Harbour    134.5 km

Stage 4 Fri January 20    Norwood - Tanunda         130 km

Stage 5 Sat January 21    McLaren Vale/Old Willunga 151.5 km

Stage 6 Sun January 22    Adelaide City C St. Circ. 90 km

Movistar Tour Down Under 2011

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