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“I could not have a better host,” Spanish time trialist joked about setting a base for their training camp in the home village of the Colombian climber.

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14.03.2014 @ 10:30 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

Tirreno-Adriatico is the third event of the 2014 season for Jonathan Castroviejo of Team Movistar, having the clearly assigned tasks for that event as the Spanish squad aims to take the final spoils with Nairo Quintana as their unquestionable leader. The coming months won’t appear any different for the Spanish time trial specialist, as he is appointed to ride in the support of the Colombian climber in the Giro d’Italia and all the preceding events, particularly the Race of the Two Seas, Volta a Catalunya and the duo is expected to train together in South America.


It have been extremely busy weeks for Castroviejo, as the Spaniard wasn’t able to return home for over a month due to his busy schedule consisting of the Dubai Tour, training camp in Almeria, Volta ao Algerve, altitude training in Tenerife and a visit to the wind tunnel at Silverstone circuit last Thursday.


“It’s a life of a professional,” Castroviejo told Biciciclismo.


“It is hard, but it’s nothing I wouldn’t be conscious of. The most difficult part is January, February and especially [a period] from March to the Giro. Then better months will come.”


The racing schedule for the first part of the 2014 season is very well defined, as he is expected to be a part of the Movistar’s formidable roster to support Quintana’s GC ambitions in the coming Giro d’Italia edition. Following the Tirreno-Adriatico Castroviejo will tackle Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Romandie, undergoing a training on altitudes together with his leader in Colombia.


“I could not have a better host,” Spanish time trialist joked about setting a base for their training camp in the home town of the Colombian climber.


In an interview for Biciciclismo, Castroviejo admitted he didn’t manage to go through the last busy month without a minor health problems, which significantly affected the work he was able to do during the Movistar’s training camp on Teide.


“I think I recovered because I had a good sensations in the Strade Bianche.”


“On the Teide I couldn’t do the similar amount of work as I did in the previous year, or as I wanted to do because of a fever,” Castroviejo explained.


During a week precending his participation in the Tirreno-Adriatico, the Movistar rider worked on aerodynamics and his riding position in the wind tunnel of the Mercedes F1 team at Silverstone and he expressed hope that this experience will quickly positively affect results from time trials.


“It made me realize that even tiny details matter, that you can make a difference by polishing little things.”


“From now on, I will ride in a slightly changed, higher position on a bike. I will begin with a team time trial in Tirreno and will see if it brings any [positive] effect.”


On the eve of an Italian stage race Castroviejo confirmed Movistar’s ambitions regarding to the Race of the Two Seas.


“Having Nairo in the team, you can’t think about your own ambitions.”


“We came to win Tirreno, we have a very good team, and if we can’t win I have to do my best making sure we won’t lose too much time in the time trial,” Spanish time trialist admitted and the history proved him right as Movistar team performed strongly in the Tirreno-Adriatico TTT.


“A route on the final day will be better for me to test the new position and draw some conclusions, although a longer time trial would serve this purpose better,” he concluded. 



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