Movistar's leaders for Tour de France hit the cobbles
Apr 10 2018 11:39 pm CET

Movistar's leaders for Tour de France hit the cobbles
Movistar's leaders for Tour de France hit the cobbles
Photo by Movistar Team

The leaders of Movistar for the Tour de France have explored the cobblestone sectors that will be featured in the 2018 edition of the race.

Three months before the start of the French grand tour, Mikel Landa, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana did a recon of the cobbled sections along with Imanol Erviti, Marc Soler and Jasha Sütterlin, who were in Paris-Roubaix on the weekend.

"What we wanted here was to get a real feeling about the terrain: how you enter and tackle every sector, which ones of them could be key – it’s obvious that it will all be a different story when you’re racing and into a furious peloton, but I’m sure this recon will really help us a lot," said sports director Jose Luis Arrieta.

"We were also lucky, since we had two days of dry weather, which allowed us covering the entire group of sectors with no setbacks. Taking advantage of all materials we already had here in northern France for Roubaix, we also tested different wheelsets, tyre pressures – it’s also about having everyone going into this stage, come July, with absolute confidence about what’s best for them."

The director thinks the cobblestone stage of the TDF could become crucial in the fight for the final victory. "As we always say, you can lose the Tour de France at every stage, and days like these are even more dangerous," Arrieta commented.

"You’ll need to be in perfect form, know what you’re facing, and also some extra bit of luck, because a puncture, a mechanical, can all cost you lots of time. It’s pretty likely that one of the race contenders will leave this stage with his chances ruined."