Enric Mas Rising Star

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Yeah. I definitely believe Mas and Soler are GT and TdF podium material. I like the direction Movistar are taking -- a Spanish team with the country's two best young(ish) grand tour riders. It's a good marketing story line, too, which I wouldn't discount.

Maybe no podium this tour for Mas as there are too many past winners (and past GT winners) in the lineup, but if he hangs around the top 5, and a few breaks go his way, why not? You could say that for about 15 riders this year it seems.

I need to brush up on Mas a bit. He always flew a bit under the radar for me. Probably because i'm not used to seeing a QS jersey mixing it up on the mountain stages!
It's not like Quickstep is a GC team, so they really don't have the riders to support a GC rider. He started with Quickstep in 2017 (first year at the World Tour level) and then got that Vuelta podium the following year. I don't think Movistar is expecting a podium at the Tour from him this season. I think they are hoping to see leadership abilities and improvement. I do think he's currently the best young Spanish GC rider and that is meaningful to Movistar. You're right about marketing story line for a Spanish team and Spanish sponsor. I suspect if Mas shows what they are hoping for, he could be marketed as the heir apparent to Valverde.
 
Last year at the Tour he was also sick for the first set of mountain stages.
Did he say this, because during the TDF Lefevre explicitly said he was 'not' sick.

Yeah. I definitely believe Mas and Soler are GT and TdF podium material.
Wrong thread for it, but that seems a very bold statement. If Soler ever reaches the TDF podium, i think a lot must have gone wrong for a lot of riders. He turns 27 right after the Giro, so we'll know more by then. Personally I have a difficult time predicting where he'd end up in the GC there, now that he can ride for his own accord. I shouldn't be surprised if he cracks the top 5 (but maybe i would), considering the talent he supposedly has. But i don't think i'd be very surprised if he tumbles out of the top 20 either.
 
Did he say this, because during the TDF Lefevre explicitly said he was 'not' sick.


Wrong thread for it, but that seems a very bold statement. If Soler ever reaches the TDF podium, i think a lot must have gone wrong for a lot of riders. He turns 27 right after the Giro, so we'll know more by then. Personally I have a difficult time predicting where he'd end up in the GC there, now that he can ride for his own accord. I shouldn't be surprised if he cracks the top 5 (but maybe i would), considering the talent he supposedly has. But i don't think i'd be very surprised if he tumbles out of the top 20 either.

That was reported several times during the telecast that he was sick during the first mountain stages of the Tour. I remember several people saying he was sick even though Lefevre was saying he wasn't.
 
That was reported several times during the telecast that he was sick during the first mountain stages of the Tour. I remember several people saying he was sick even though Lefevre was saying he wasn't.
Well, it would depend which people said it, i guess. I can only hope his manager would know better than guys in the commentary booth. Could be a lot of people making assumptions, and other people taking that as fact. Anyway, doesn't really matter much, it was a TDF quickly to be forgotten for him personally. I don't think anybody believes that was "his level", considering he's shown he can do much better.
 
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Very satisfied. Overshadowed by Pogacar and the hype but a good result with a lot to build on. The criticisms from Dan Benson and Ed Pickering have been unfair and over the top. Pretty much the entire Anglo-centric media have been crapping on Movistar for years and it gets old.

I realized earlier today that it’s been over 4 years since 1 single Spaniard has been featured on the cover of Pro Cycling magazine. Hell Contador is the only one on the cover since 2009 and that was likely because he couldn’t be ignored.

No Landa, no Purito, no Valverde, no up and coming features, No cover about the cause of the downturn of one the most talent rich nations.

but 3 cover stories of Greg Van Avermaet, and Simon Yates? Esteban Chavez cover story? Never podium Adam Yates? Check. Not one cover featuring Landa. Hell they were giving Wiggins a cover two years after he retired.

They don’t want to focus on talents like Mas more power to them, but don’t act like he doesn’t exist. Sorry for my rant, but its a bit off putting.
 
Very satisfied. Overshadowed by Pogacar and the hype but a good result with a lot to build on. The criticisms from Dan Benson and Ed Pickering have been unfair and over the top. Pretty much the entire Anglo-centric media have been crapping on Movistar for years and it gets old.

I realized earlier today that it’s been over 4 years since 1 single Spaniard has been featured on the cover of Pro Cycling magazine. Hell Contador is the only one on the cover since 2009 and that was likely because he couldn’t be ignored.

No Landa, no Purito, no Valverde, no up and coming features, No cover about the cause of the downturn of one the most talent rich nations.

but 3 cover stories of Greg Van Avermaet, and Simon Yates? Esteban Chavez cover story? Never podium Adam Yates? Check. Not one cover featuring Landa. Hell they were giving Wiggins a cover two years after he retired.

They don’t want to focus on talents like Mas more power to them, but don’t act like he doesn’t exist. Sorry for my rant, but its a bit off putting.
They've been trying to ignore and act like Valverde doesn't exist for years. So it should be easy for them to do that to someone who doesn't have the palmares of Valverde.

Nice 5th. It's also obvious that Valverde has hand picked Mas as his success for Movistar.
 
Hadn't noticed the topic was already bumped to the first page so i went to look for it in the "riders topic" in order to find it. Thought i'd be the first since he's been largely overlooked.

He rode a rather anonymous Tour, but very efficient imho. It's a pity the "power train" tactic by the big teams works so well, because it makes it harder for a rider like him to attack (which is obviously the point, i know). Dancing climbers don't get a chance to shine anymore if they ride for GC, unless they can outlast the power train.
 
I think that was his best performance so far. Compared to his 2nd place in the Vuelta he just faced better opponents. Good to see that he is back on track. He probably will never live up to the initial hype (Valverde-Contador comparisations) but he should be able to add more top 10 GC results to his palmares in the coming years.
Maybe he is not Valverdes heir but the 2nd coming of Zubeldia. ;)
 
I think that was his best performance so far. Compared to his 2nd place in the Vuelta he just faced better opponents. Good to see that he is back on track. He probably will never live up to the initial hype (Valverde-Contador comparisations) but he should be able to add more top 10 GC results to his palmares in the coming years.
Maybe he is not Valverdes heir but the 2nd coming of Zubeldia. ;)

Maybe not heir, but successor. I think we're actually witnessing Valverde handing over leadership of the team to Mas.
 
They've been trying to ignore and act like Valverde doesn't exist for years. So it should be easy for them to do that to someone who doesn't have the palmares of Valverde.

Nice 5th. It's also obvious that Valverde has hand picked Mas as his success for Movistar.
A really great result for Mas, especially considering his apparently disappointing 2019 season. I think this 5th place result shows that Mas can be a regular outside podium contender in GT's in the coming years. And maybe he will even do a decent Vuelta ride again this season.
 
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