Although cycling races in October do not bring out the best in professional cyclist, especially those who started competing in January as the case with Movistar, the team fared well in the last competitive event of 2011. Even though Albrto Rui Costa was the sole Movistar rider who crossed the finish line as the rest of our riders abandoned the when they, and more than 66% of the peloton realized the race was out of their reach. During today’s stage race, Movistar had Pablo Lastras, Ángel Madrazo and Rui Costa attacking the inclines and climbs during the Giro. Oliver Zaugg won his first ever pro cycling race by upholding his attack and minute lead over the peloton.
1 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard – Trek 6:20:02
25 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:01:11
DNF Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
Movistar riders have never won a Giro di Lombardia, a one day stage race that usually signifies the send to the cycling season. The event held in Northern Italy started in 1905 and has many course changes expect for the Madonna del Ghisallo climb that appears in the latter part of the race.
Most Italian riders have dominated this race this race whereas Philipe Gilbert won the last 2 Giro and Pablo Lastras finished 3rd. Movistar has not announced the starting line up for the race of falling leaves. Perhaps the brains behind the telephone squad will wait to see the condition of the riders in Beijing.
The route has changed many times over the years, although the signature symbol of the race has remained the Ghisallo climb that starts near Bellagio and arrives at the church of Madonna del Ghisallo, the patron of cyclists. Milan, Monza, Como and Bergamo have all been traditional arrival cities of the race through the years. Since 2004, the arrival has returned to the lake front in Como with the short, but tough San Fermo della Battaglia climb a few kilometers from the end.