This x10. Mas and Soler are the backup plan for the Tour, and they know it. Again, don't get me wrong, they're both good plays for the future. But, for this year, I'm pretty sure they would both be more than happy to have the team fully support them at the Giro or the Vuelta.
Wrong. Mas and Soler are going as leaders to the Tour with Valverde's support, and then they all 3 go to the Vuelta and Mas and Soler support Valverde there. That was the plan to start with and if we get a season that is still their plan. That means that is the plan of those 3 riders. Mas and Soler have exactly 0 interest in this year's Giro as they are Spaniards and want to be at la Vuelta, but they want to support their leader at la Vuelta and learn from him. The reality of their plan is Valverde is their safety net at the Tour while they provide Valverde a back up plan at la Vuelta if he needs it.