21/01/2015, CANYON Tour Down Under 2015
Lobato calls in first win of 2015
The 2015 victory account has been opened by JuanJo Lobato of Movistar Team! The 26-year old Spaniard timed his effort to perfection on a tough uphill run-in to stage 2 of the Tour Down Under in Stirling on the team’s new Aeroad CF SLX.
Nothing is ever as easy as it looks though. Lobato had to fight his way back to the front on the final finishing circuit after a flat tyre, no simple task on a high-speed, twisting finale with barely any sections of flat road.
In the end, it came down to perfect timing and Movistar Team showed they had the best tactics on the day, hitting the front only after other teams had run out of gas. Lobato carried so much speed from far back that no one could come by him, while teammate Gorka Izagirre held on to take 3rd place.
This win marks the first victory for Canyon and Movistar Team in the 2015 season and carries crucial UCI WorldTour ranking points, a competition that the team dominated in 2014.