The Movistar Team has announced their line-ups for Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico with the 2012 squad making their European WorldTour debuts at both races.
The team is currently ranked second in the UCI WorldTour rankings after a strong showing at the Tour Down Under in January and although Jose Cobo will race the Tour of Murcia, the Spanish armada advance towards France and Italy with decent squads.
Alejandro Valverde – second at the Tour Down Under – will lead the team in Paris-Nice and will be supported by by Jose Rojas, David Arroyo, Imanol Erviti, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Ivan Gutierrez and Javi Moreno.
The team for Tirreno- Adriatico will be led by homegrown talent Giovanni Visconti but also includes Rui Costa, Pablo Lastras, Beñat Intxausti, Andrey Amador, Jose Herrada, Branislau Samoilau, Fran Ventoso.
The latter race starts with a 17 kilometre team time trial but the queen stage will be Sunday’s stage, before a final individual time trial of 9 kilometres.