Movistar Debuts at Santos Tour Down Under

Spanish team Movistar has its sights set on the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under and will be fielding a strong team for the race in Adelaide next year.

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Spanish team Movistar has its sights set on the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under and will be fielding a strong team for the race in Adelaide next year.

“We are thrilled to have a strong Spanish squad compete at our race next year with some of Spain’s biggest talents such as Jose Joaquin Rojas and Jose Ivan Gutierrez,” says Santos Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur.

“Rojas has shown his competitive side here, winning the Cycle Instead Young Rider jersey twice.

“Gutierrez is another strong rider who competed with Rojas at our race last year, and is the current Spanish national road race champion.”

Team Manager Jose Luis Arrietta (ESP) will be leading the Movistar team, comprising the following riders:

Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP) Angel Madrazo (ESP) Jose Vicente Garcia (ESP) Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP) Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Francisco Ventoso (ESP) David Lopez (ESP)

Four other teams have confirmed their rosters for the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under:

Team: Katusha (RUS) Team Manager: Dmitriy Konychev (RUS) Denis Galimzyanov (RUS) Aliaksandr Kuchynski (BLR) Juan Horrach (ESP) Sergei Ivanov (RUS) Stijn Vanderbergh (BEL) Eduard Vorganov (RUS) Nikolay Trusov (RUS)

Team: Lampre-ISD (ITA) Team Manager: Bogdan Bondariew (POL) Alfredo Balloni (ITA) Vitaliy Buts (UKR) Aitor Perez Arrieta (ESP) Matteo Bono (ITA) Manuele Mori (ITA) Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA) Daniele Righi (ITA)

Team: Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP) Team Manager: Josu Larrazabal (ESP) Iñaki Isasi (ESP) Miguel Minguez (ESP) Gorka Izagirre (ESP) Ion Izagirre (ESP) Daniel Sesma (ESP) Ruben Perez (ESP) Iván Velasco (ESP)

Vacansoleil DCM (NED) Team Manager: Michel Cornelisse (NED) Maxim Belkov (RUS) Sergey Lagutin (UZB) Mirko Servaggi (ITA) Thomas de Gendt (BEL) Romain Feillu (FRA) Joost van Leijen (NED) Alberto Ongarato (ITA)

The 2011 Santos Tour Down Under will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from 16-23 January 2011. For further information visit www.tourdownunder.com.au

For travel and accommodation details, contact the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre on 1300 674 630 (+61 8 8303 2220 for international callers).

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