Eduard Prades and Lluís Mas will represent Movistar for the first time at the six-day race in Australia, two of four new riders the team added this year. Prades, 31, comes to the team from Euskadi-Murias after racing with Caja Rural-Seguros from 2015-2017. Mas, 29, comes to the team from Caja Rural, where he raced since 2014.
The two Spanish riders will be joined on the Movistar team’s Australia roster by Jasha Sütterlin, who contested some of the 2018 race’s sprint finishes, and Jaime Castrillo, a stage combativity winner in his maiden pro race last season. Rubén Fernández, who was sixth-place overall in 2016, will also return. Rafa Valls and Héctor Carretero complete the roster.
“The Tour Down Under will once again be the starting point of the men’s cycling season, and the Movistar Team will bring a quite youthful squad looking to offer its second unit some well deserved chances to score good results already in January,” the team wrote on their website. “The Down Under Classic criterium acts again as prelude [on Sunday, January, 13] of the main, six-day event, which breaks its usual scheme and now puts the dual ascent of Willunga Hill [2.9km at 7 per cent], the most traditional climb in this race, into the final stage [on Sunday, January 20].
Movistar for Tour Down Under: Héctor Carretero, Jaime Castrillo, Rubén Fernández, Lluís Mas, Edu Prades, Jasha Sütterlin, Rafa Valls
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