Movistar Cycling announced the starting live up for the Tour d’ San Luis that will start in Argentina on January 23. Director José Luis Jaimerena will direct the blue squad in the Argentinian region of Cuyo, for the 6th Tour de San Luis (2.1).
Movistar says “Adios” to San Luis
Stage: 7 – 29 January : San Luis, 167.00 km
Movistar has another good Tour d’ San Luis as the team finished in 2nd place overall in the General Classification. Individually, Andrey Amador finished 10th and Fran Ventosa was close in the sprinter’s finishes during the tour. Tom Boonen took the very hot and humid stage on an all out sprint with speed excelling over 80km, 50mph. The team is headed back to Spain to start the busy February month of day and stage racing.
1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:54:37 23 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 28 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 40 David Arroyo (Spa) Movistar 50 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar 65 Jonathan Castroviejo(Spa) Movistar 108 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 1 Argentina 11:43:51 2 Colombia 3 Team Saxo Bank 4 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 10 Movistar Final general classification results 1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 26:32:55 10 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar 0:04:46 14 David Arroyo (Spa) Movistar 0:07:29 25 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:10:42 32 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 0:14:43 53 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 0:20:08 80 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 0:27:55 Teams classification 1 Androni Giocattoli 79:53:34 2 Movistar 0:00:52 3 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:05:50 4 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:16 5 Colombia 0:08:48
Flat stage, flat results in stage 6
Ventosa finishes 4th in stage 6
well here we go:
Fran Ventoso takes 4th at the mass sprint in Quines, where Movistar Team contested a stage victory they will keep searching tomorrow on the final stage in Argentina
Fran Ventoso is still looking for a stage win in the 2012 Tour de San Luis as he came 4th today in the bunch kick deciding the sixth day of racing, in the longest route of the event over 201 kilometers from Luján to Quines via the early Cerro El Amago (Cat. 1). The Movistar Team sprinter had his team mates working for him into the way home, but couldn’t beat Italian Elia Viviani (LIQ), who grabbed the day’s honours ahead of Juan José Haedo (SAX) and Andrea Guardini (FAR) into a finish with several direction changes in the closing meters. The telephone squad will hurry for a stage win in the seventh, final day tomorrow, starting and ending in San Luis as American Levi Leipheimer (OPQ) looks set to retain the overall lead, with Andrey Amador in 10th place.
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 5:10:4 4 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 47 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar 49 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar 61 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 0:00:13 63 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:00:17 85 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 1 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 15:31:18 2 Caja Rural 3 Team Netapp 4 Liquigas-Cannondale 10 Movistar 1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 22:38:18 10 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar 0:04:46 14 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar 0:07:29 26 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:10:42 34 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar 0:14:43 34 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar 0:14:43 55 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar 0:20:08 82 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 0:27:55 1 Androni Giocattoli 68:09:43 2 Movistar 0:00:52 3 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:05:50 4 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:16 5 Colombia 0:08:4
Visconti in 13th as Movistar loses lead
Stage 5: La Toma – Merlo, 160.00 km
Movistar took a lost in the overall classification today by finishing in the mountain stage over 4 minutes behind Androni Giocattoli. Giovanni Visconti finished closest to stage winner Alberto Contador with Andrey Amador finishing close by. David Arroyo had a strong ride, could not close the gap by finishing more than 3 minutes behind Contador.
Movistar hopes to reclaim the team leader’s overall in Saturday’s stage which is the longest at 201 kilometers from Luján to Quines, with the race’s hardest climb, El Amago 10.5km, 7.2% avg.) on the opening phase of the stage.
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo Bank 4:19:59 13 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:01:31 20 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar 0:01:56 36 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar 0:03:26 96 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 0:09:18 111 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 126 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 1 Androni Giocattoli 13:02:35 2 Caja Rural 0:02:15 3 Chile 0:03:48 4 Colombia-Comcel 0:04:09 5 San Luis Somos Todos 0:04:10 6 Movistar 0:04:15 Overall Results after stage 5 1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 17:27:52 11 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar 0:04:46 15 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar 0:07:29 30 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:10:25 43 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 0:14:30 74 Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 0:20:08 101 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 0:25:09 1 Androni Giocattoli 52:38:25 2 Movistar 0:00:52 3 San Luis Somos Todos 0:04:15 4 Chile 0:05:17 5 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:05:50
MOVISTAR Keeps Slim Lead in Stage 4
Stage: 4 – 26 January : San Luis ITT, 19.50 km
Besides informing Movistar fans and giving a different perspective on the team, something the great website does not provide, I need to inform or provide commentary on the team when things do not go fast, or strong. Therefore, I need to report another dismal time trial performance the entire team provided, even though Castroviejo finished over a minute behind Leipheimer, and Amador 10th overall, I think the results were disappointing for a short course, although humidity and winds did slow down some riders in today’s stage, but the slow conditions effected every rider. David Arroyo’s time was middle of the pack, not as impressive for a runner up on the Giro only 2 years ago. and Sanz finished at the bottom of the riders today. I know Ventosa is a sprinter, he finished 5 minutes behind the leader and behind 132 other riders today- he is more talented to have these results next to him name. I still need to address our slow time trailing will coast us some grand tour points and overall leads.
Movistar.com is very optimist with stage 5 mountainous climbs that can help Amador and Castroviejo climb in the overall rankings with the help of the Arroyo and Visconti and grab the stage and pad the 3 second lead in the tour.
Stage 4 TT results
1st Leipheimer (OPQ) 22.33
11th Jonathan Castroviejo 1.15
20th Andrey Amador 1.49
71st David Arroyo 3.23
99th Giovanni Visconti 4.08
133rd Fran Ventoso 5.00
151st Enrique Sanz 5.42
1 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:09:55
2 S.Luis Somos Todos 0:01:19
3 Argentina 0:02:30
4 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:32
11 Movistar 0:04:11
Overall after 4 stages:
1st Leipheimer (OPQ) 13.07.52
10th Andrey Amador 2.51
14th David Arroyo 4.04
20th Jonathan Castroviejo 5.13
38th Giovanni Visconti 8.55
54th Fran Ventoso 10.51
98th Enrique Sanz 15.52
1 Movistar 39:32:27
2 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:03
3 Androni Giocattoli 0:03:23
4 S.Luis Somos Todos 0:03:28
5 Argentina 0:04:46
Movistar builds 3+ minute gap
Stage 3: Estancia Grande – Mirador Potrero,165.00km
Movistar increased their lead over the other cycling teams today with a strong ride from Giovanni Visconti and David Arroyo and Andrey Amador. The main news focus was on stage winner Alberto Contador who took his first victory on the year. Stage 4 is the individual time trial that is 19.4 Km in San Luis. Movistar won the event last year when Xavier Tondo raced into the leader’s jersey.
1st Contador (SAX) 4.29.27
10th Giovanni Visconti 0.35
11th David Arroyo m.t.
18th Andrey Amador 0.56
32nd Jonathan Castroviejo 1.43
63rd Fran Ventoso 5.45
86th Enrique Sanz 9.28
1st Contador (SAX) 12.45.15
9th David Arroyo 0.45
11th Andrey Amador 1.06
27th Jonathan Castroviejo 4.02
32nd Giovanni Visconti 4.51
38th Fran Ventoso 5.55
76th Enrique Sanz 10.14
Stage: 2 Fraga – Juana Koslay, 147.00 km
On a much pleasant race day, the entire Movistar team finished within the stage and race leader Francesco Chicchi, with Francisco Ventosa finishing the stage in 4th place. Tomorrows stage should be more challenging as the mountains are arriving with tomorrow’s traditional, mountain-top finish in the Mirador del Potrero -5 km on 7% average gradient-, the Cat. 1 climb taking to the end of the 168km route starting at Estancia Grande.
- 1st Chicchi (OPQ) 3.22.40
- 4th Fran Ventoso m.t.
- 40th David Arroyo m.t.
- 55th Andrey Amador m.t.
- 86th Enrique Sanz m.t.
- 122nd Jonathan Castroviejo m.t.
- 127th Giovanni Visconti m.t.
Stage 1: San Luis – Villa Mercedes, 188.00 km
Fransicso Ventosa finished 7th and Movistar took the overall team lead on a wet rain soaked day stage in Argentina to start the Tour D’ San Luis. During the state, the peloton came to a halt due to heavy downpour of hail that caused some riders to slip and fall from their bikes. When the weather cleared, 5 Movistar riders we in the 35 breakaway group that was won very closely by Francesco Chicchi, Fran Ventosa finished in 7th while Andrey Amador and David Arroyo rode well to put Movista run first placer overall.
Stage One Results 1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick Step 4:53:18 7 Fransisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar 14 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar 22 David Arroyo (Spa) Movistar 36 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar 0:00:36 69 Jonatan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar 0:02:09 104 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar 0:04:08 Team Result 1 Movistar 14:39:54 2 Team Saxo Bank 3 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 4 Colnago-CSF Inox 0:00:17 5 Ag2R-La Mondiale 0:02:09
Movistar cycling new riders Giovanni Visconti and Jonathan Castroviejo will make their first tour in Argentina along with last year’s entrants that include Fran Ventoso, David Arroyo, Enrique Sanz and Andrey Amador.
The 2012 Tour de San Luis will be an other uphill challenge that features a 1450m climb at the finish line at stage 5 and a 2084 m climb at the 60m mark and a steep incline at the 174m mark in stage 6. Stages 1-4 and 7 are flat with some inclines that should keep the peloton together. last year’s weather in the southern region of Argentina was very humid and dry. David Arroyo, Francisco Perez, Pablo Lastras, Javier Iriarte, Carlos Oyarzun raced the event last year for Movistar.
Other favorites riders who will compete in the Tour de San Luis consist of Alberto Contador, Vincento Nibali, Rinadlo Nicotinni,Tom Boonen and Sylvian Chavenel.
TOUR de SAN LUIS 2012 Stages: Stage: 1 - 23 January : San Luis - Villa Mercedes, 188.00 km Stage: 2 - 24 January : Fraga - Juana Koslay, 147.00 km Stage: 3 - 25 January : Estancia Grande - Mirador Potrero,165.00km Stage: 4 - 26 January : San Luis ITT, 19.50 km Stage: 5 - 27 January : La Toma - Merlo, 160.00 km Stage: 6 - 28 January : Lujan - Quines, 197.00 km Stage: 7 - 29 January : San Luis, 167.00 km