Movistar’s Tour Down Under team announced

Movistar's team for the Australian WorldTour opener will be a mix of old hands and fresh faces for the nine-day race in Adelaide

SYDNEY (AFP) — Spain’s Movistar team will return to Australia’s Tour Down Under in January with an experienced squad, organizers said on Thursday.

Among their lineup is sprinter Juanjo Lobato, whose 2014 victories included the Tour de Wallonie and the Vuelta a Burgos, plus a fourth-place finish in Milano-Sanremo.

The Tour Down Under is the first UCI WorldTour event of 2015 and will run from January 17-25 in and around Adelaide.

“Movistar is celebrating its second consecutive year as the top-ranked team in the world, with 34 victories in 2014,” race director Mike Turtur said.

The team, which is Spain’s only WorldTour outfit, will be led by the veteran Pablo Lastras, 38, who is heading into his 18th season as a professional. On the other side of the spectrum, Spain’s Ruben Fernandez, 23, the winner of the 2013 Tour de l’Avenir, is a new face on the Movistar team roster in 2015.

The only non-Spanish rider set to represent Movistar in Australia is Italy’s Eros Capecchi, a Giro d’Italia stage winner.

Movistar Tour Down Under roster

Pablo Lastras
Juanjo Lobato
Eros Capecchi
José Herrada
Gorka Izagirre
Enrique Sanz
Rubén Fernández