CASTROVIEJO WINS EUROPEAN TIME-TRIAL GOLD

The European Championships in Plumelec, France, proved a successful affair for fi’zi:k-riding Movistar with members of the team winning time-trial gold and road-race bronze for the Spanish national team.

Jonathan Castroviejo (fi’zi:k Arione saddle), who this year has proved such a diligent and powerful domestique to the likes of Nairo Quintana (fi’zi:k Antares 00) and Alejandro Valverde (fi’zi:k Arione VS), rode out of the shadows and into the spotlight with a magnificent effort over the 45.5km course.

Castroviejo followed up his second place to Chris Froome (fi’zi:k Antares and Team Sky) in the 37km Vuelta a Espana time trial a week earlier with an exemplary piece of pacing over the 45.5km course in Brittany. The route, which began and finished with gentle climbs and featured undulating terrain throughout, couldn’t tame the 29-year-old Spaniard whose winning time of 58:13mins was 30 seconds clear of Victor Campenaerts and 39 seconds ahead of bronze medallist, Italian Moreno Moser.

The victory proved extra special for Castroviejo, who spent four months out of competition earlier in the season after fracturing his cervical vertebrae when crashing into a spectator at February’s Volta ao Algarve.

Castroviejo’s Spanish teammate, Daniel Moreno (fi’zi:k Arione), also unleashed a superb performance to claim bronze behind winner Peter Sagan and runner-up Julian Alaphilippe in Sunday’s road race. It was a long day in the saddle as the riders faced 232.9km. But come the final sprint, Moreno lay in contention. Unfortunately, Sagan and Alaphilippe beat him over the final 100m, though a photo finish was required to separate Alaphilippe and Moreno.

‘I think Alaphilippe only beat me by a nail in the very last meter,’ said Moreno after the race. ‘I’d loved to have enjoyed a better push to the line but, all in all, it’s been a good week for both the team [Movistar] and the Spanish national squad.’