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Enric Mas Rising Star

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López is under contract until 2023 as things stand. Obviously things may change on that front as the dust will settle and the plan going forward will be formulated, but as it presently appears they have 2 Grand Tour GC riders, 3 if you count Valverde.

It wouldn't surprise me if Movistar terminates Lopez's contract and even if they don't I can't see them trusting him enough to give him leadership in races that are important to them.
I think this Vuelta has solidified Mas as the one who will (if he hasn't already) taken the reigns of team leadership from Valverde.
 
It wouldn't surprise me if Movistar terminates Lopez's contract and even if they don't I can't see them trusting him enough to give him leadership in races that are important to them.
I think this Vuelta has solidified Mas as the one who will (if he hasn't already) taken the reigns of team leadership from Valverde.
He'll save Movistar next year by winning Paris-Roubaix clearly
 
It wouldn't surprise me if Movistar terminates Lopez's contract and even if they don't I can't see them trusting him enough to give him leadership in races that are important to them.
I think this Vuelta has solidified Mas as the one who will (if he hasn't already) taken the reigns of team leadership from Valverde.
Sure, but you said "as things stand", and at time of writing López is under contract for the next two years, and even after this latest episode he is a guy who has - and should have - a claim to GT leadership.

Things may change on that front, and if they don't it will likely be with significant concessions made by one or both sides, but as things stand they do have multiple GC threats.
 
After what Lopez pulled the only GT he has any hope of leading now with Movistar is the Giro. Mas may end up with sole leadership of the other two or shared leadership of la Vuelta with Valverde next year. I can't see Lopez getting any kind of leadership role again with the big targets for Movistar.
 
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With all due respect to what Bala has achieved in his long and storied career, I think a 27 year old Mas could be rightfully put out by being asked to “share leadership” with 40-whatever year old Valverde. As of this Vuelta, Mas is Movistar’s #1 GC leader, unless/until they sign/develop someone who can in the future podium multiple GTs.
 
Valverde is too old for trying GC. Focus energy and try to earn that last, signature Vuelta stage win. Mas may be boring like a rock but the guy's solid... like a rock. With Slovenians and Ineos Latinos (Benal, Carapaz, Martinez?, Rodriguez?) it will be really hard for him to win a GT. However, if on half form he still fight for top 5 he will be a GC Valverde to Movistar for years to come.

BTW, i actually really like Mas because i'm an oldhead and i like my GC guys not sprinting side to side with Merlier or Bennett.
 
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True but Movistar doesn't really care about the Giro so I doubt that is going to happen unless they find another GT talent
There are many other teams that would love to have this in a Grand Tour they don’t really care about, or do.
2007 10th overall
2008 nothing
2009 8th overall
2010 2nd overall
2011 won 2 stages
2012 won 2 stages
2013 8th overall, 4 stages, and Trofeo Super Team
2014 1st overall, young rider, and 2 stages
2015 4th overall and KOM
2016 3rd overall and 1 stage
2017 2nd overall, 2 stages, and Trofeo Fast Team
2018 4th overall and 1 stage
2019 1st overall, 4th overall, 2 stages, and General Super Team
2020 first real bad edition in a long time with 13th best place, 0 stages, and best place in KOM 10th, their worst out of the previous 8 editions with finishing 6th or higher in the classification.
2021 even worse then the previous edition with 22nd best place.
 
Mas really needs to stop crashing on the biggest stages as this has followed the Carpegna descent crash that also killed a podium shot.
Hard to say whether it is technical or becoming psychological as an issue.

A shame as he was looking strong and the best performance he has shown outside of Grand Tours.
 
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Mas really needs to stop crashing on the biggest stages as this has followed the Carpegna descent crash that also killed a podium shot.
Hard to say whether it is technical or becoming psychological as an issue.

A shame as he was looking strong and the best performance he has shown outside of Grand Tours.
Mas crashing is technical. He descends on the hoods, and he's not actually afraid, which causes him to take risks disproportionate to his abilities and crash a lot.
 
There are many other teams that would love to have this in a Grand Tour they don’t really care about, or do.
2007 10th overall
2008 nothing
2009 8th overall
2010 2nd overall
2011 won 2 stages
2012 won 2 stages
2013 8th overall, 4 stages, and Trofeo Super Team
2014 1st overall, young rider, and 2 stages
2015 4th overall and KOM
2016 3rd overall and 1 stage
2017 2nd overall, 2 stages, and Trofeo Fast Team
2018 4th overall and 1 stage
2019 1st overall, 4th overall, 2 stages, and General Super Team
2020 first real bad edition in a long time with 13th best place, 0 stages, and best place in KOM 10th, their worst out of the previous 8 editions with finishing 6th or higher in the classification.
2021 even worse then the previous edition with 22nd best place.

Giro is an important race for the ranking so they still care a bit about it but far from what they do with the Vuelta and the Tour. Plus during the 2014-2019 period, Movistar was one of the strongest teams around so it was normal that they got some big results in Giro, they were also lucky that their leaders didn't crash out unlike Sky.
 
You can also add Carapaz to that list.
Valverde was also 3rd. The one time he has ridden it up until now.
Gosh, how the hell it's possible to remember Osa, but forget about Carapaz & Valverde! :D

Arroyo too of course, but he benefited from that major breakaway.

Movistar / iBanesto certainly is the least single centered team in the history of cycling. They've got favors, but are cautiously considering chances as well when planning their GT schedules.
 
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They won the Giro when they decided that lol, ofourse Valverde leads the Tour instead of Quintana. Carapaz wasn't even the 3rd GC leader of Movistar going into the 2019 season
Nah, that's true about 2017. But that years route and racing actually was tailor-made for Valverde. If he just hadn't crashed out.

In 2014 the gave the Giro d'Italia a priority, because Quintana could actually win it, which he eventually did, and then double up at the Vuelta. Actually Valverde's peak was stronger at the 2014 Vuelta than it had been at the Tour earlier. Just like Quintana in 2016.

They clearly kinda snubbed the Tour de France that year, because they thought focusing on the Giro & Vuelta would create bigger changes. Which eventually played out for both Quintana & Valverde in 2014,despite the Colombian crashing out in Spain!
 
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