tour of beijing 2011

Movistar tour of Beijing 2011

Tour of Beijing 2011 October 5th-9th

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Movistar team cycling will participate in the 2011 Tour of Beijing by sending  Pablo Lastras, Sergio Pardilla, Beñat Intxausti, Jesús Herrada, Rubén Plaza, Ángel Madrazo, Javier Iriarte and Enrique Sanz overseas to complete in Asia.

Movistar tour of Beijing 2011

Stage 5 Sunday, October 9 2011
Tian An Men Square – Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium   118 km

For the second straight stage most the riders finished within the stage leader thus keeping leader in Tony Martin in the red jersey for the entire tour. Movistar fared well without receiving any podium appearances and raced respectfully. Stage 5 was a shorter source with 8 laps around Tiananmen Square and Chairman Mao, well … just his poster.
Perhaps the UCI will alter the route next year to make the tour more competitive and interesting. My main concern was the atmospheric conditions, and according to the photos posted on CyclingNews, the air was grey and hazy. Since any riders did not complain about the air, Beijing’s poor air quality was not a factor in this years tour.

Stage 5 Results:
1	Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team	2:19:44
15	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
28	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
33	Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
45	Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
78	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team
94	Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team
105	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
138	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:01	

Final Results:
1	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad			13:39:11
13	Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:51
32	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 	0:01:08
33	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:09
34	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
47	Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:31
54	Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:05
55	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:33
103	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team		0:11:01

1	Sky Procycling	40:58:58
2	Omega Pharma - Lotto	0:00:59
3	Rabobank Cycling Team	0:01:08
4	Quick Step Cycling Team	0:01:10
5	Team RadioShack		0:01:11
6	Pro Team Astana		0:01:12
7	Movistar Team		0:01:29

Stage 4 Saturday, October 8 2011
Yanquin Gui Chuan Square – Shunyi Olympic Centre  189.5 km

All the riders finished within the stage winner in stage 4 of the 2011 Tour of Beijing.
Although Movistar was not a threat to win the stage, all of the riders finished the same time while Enrique Sanz rode into th place from being behind most of the stage. Angel Madrazo continued his success in China by finishing in the top 20. The most exciting periof of the stage was China’s own rider Meiyin Wang who broke away for a lead of more than five minutes before being caught by the peloton in with 10km remaining.

1	Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale	4:09:08
9	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team
17	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
41	Jesús Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
42	Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
43	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
84	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team
103	Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team
114	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
overall
1	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC - Highroad		0:13:34
16	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:51
32	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 	0:01:08
33	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:09
34	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
47	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team	0:01:31
54	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:05
55	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:33
98	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team		0:10:00
1	Sky Procycling				21:32:22
2	Omega Pharma - Lotto			0:00:59
3	Rabobank Cycling Team			0:01:08
4	Quick Step Cycling Team			0:01:10
5	Team RadioShack				0:01:11
6	Pro Team Astana				0:01:12
7	Movistar Team				0:01:29

Stage 3 Friday, October 7 2011
Men Tau Gou – Yong Ning 162 km

Angel Madrazo finished a second behind Nicolas Roche as most of the Movistar riders fared well in a tough stage in the 2011 tour of Beijing. Called the Queen Stage today’s was the most demanding stage that featured 3 cat 1 and a cat 2 climb only 15km from the start line. Madrazo and the rest of the telephone team caught up to the peloton to finish a second behind the Irishman who timed the last climb perfectly for the stage win.

1	Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale	3:53:15
7	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 0:00:01
15	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
19	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
25	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team
34	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
53	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team	0:02:11
54	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
87	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team	0:08:07
overall
1	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC - Highroad		0:13:34
16	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:51
32	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 	0:01:08
33	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:09
34	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
47	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team	0:01:31
54	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:05
55	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team		0:03:33
98	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team		0:10:00

1	Christopher Froome (Gbr) Sky Procycling		25pts
2	Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La mondiale		17
3	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC - Highroad		15
4	Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin - Cervelo	15
5	Kun Jiang (Chn) Chinese National Cycling Team	15
6	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team		15
1	Sky Procycling				21:32:22
2	Omega Pharma - Lotto			0:00:59
3	Rabobank Cycling Team			0:01:08
4	Quick Step Cycling Team			0:01:10
5	Team RadioShack				0:01:11
6	Pro Team Astana				0:01:12
7	Movistar Team				0:01:29

Movistar tour of Beijing stage 3

Stage 2 Thursday, October 6 2011

Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium – Men Tau Gou 133.5 km

Everyone finished within the sam time in the second stage of the tour Beijing 2011 so the standing remain the same. There was a mad dash to the finish line were all teams tried to set their sprinters in position to win the stage and pick up points. Angel Madrazo won the 4th sprint today and collected a total 5 mountain points, just 10 behind the leader and in tied for 4th place overall.

Stage 2 results
1	Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team	3:03:30
10	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
17	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team
55	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
62	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
69	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team
72	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
76	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team
128	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team

overall
1	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC - Highroad		0:13:34
16	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:51
26	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:55
60	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 	 0:01:08
61	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:09
65	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
88	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team		0:01:23
103	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team	0:01:31
127	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team		0:01:54	 

1	Sky Procycling	0:42:04
2	HTC - Highroad	0:00:24
3	Rabobank Cycling Team	0:00:48
4	Team Garmin - Cervelo
11	Movistar Team	0:01:29

Madrazo tour of Beijing 2011

Stage 1: Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium – Water Cube (ITT) 11.3km

Since Movistar riders are not considered fast time trialists, and the riders had to race on standard bikes (not aero-dymanic one) the telephone squad fared well in today’s first stage of the Tour Beijing 2011. Ruben Plaza lead all the Movistar cyclist by finishing 51 seconds behind Tony martin in a short course. Movistar will look to narrow the team gap on stage 1 that consists of 137 km with a 10% upgrade towards the finish line.

1	Tony Martin (Ger) HTC - Highroad		0:13:34
16	Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:51
26	Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team		0:00:55
60	Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team	 	 0:01:08
61	Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team	0:01:09
65	Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
88	Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team		0:01:23
103	Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Ita) Movistar Team	0:01:31
127	Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team		0:01:54	 

1	Sky Procycling	0:42:04
2	HTC - Highroad	0:00:24
3	Rabobank Cycling Team	0:00:48
4	Team Garmin - Cervelo
11	Movistar Team	0:01:29


Movistar tour of beijing 2011

The race held in the “bike capitol of the world” was certified as a UCI in August for 4 years as a top tour on the professional season.  The course does have some cat climbs, a 4 and 3 in the middle stages. The rest of the course is “lumpy” as cycling news reported.  Hopefully the smog, which has hampers the Olympics races will not be that much of a hindrance for the 5 stages.

Movistar tour of Beijing 2011

Most of the top cycling teams are partaking in the tour, but have not have sent their top riders to China mostly due to the long season of competitive riding through Europe. This tour is a great opportunity for these riders to make headlines in a vast area where the sport is gaining popularity by the year. If Movistar can ride well together, the telephone squad can pick up points and a stage victory.

The Tour of Beijing will be the last stage race of the UCI season and the Tour di Lombardi the official UCI event of the 2011 cycling season!

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