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`Statement From Max Kanter

This made me laugh. It is clear that the statement released has no connection with reality and was written by someone with no knowledge of recent circumstances or at least pretending that nothing happened.:rolleyes:
I think the statement is okay and not even wrong? I mean Movistar are one of the oldest and more traditionaly managed teams out there (even though there have been changes made in the last few years). Unzue and a lot of other staff has been there forever, sponsor continuity is there, and you have the typical Abarca type riders (to quote Libertine) who spend large parts or even all of their career in that structure. I think Movistar does qualify very well as a team that values human relationships. Especially when you contradict it with DSM where Kanter is coming from.
Indeed. From all the information I have gathered, Lopez definitely seems to be wrong here, not Movistar. No way anyone told him to not close that gap when it initially opened, but obviously Lopez and his Colombian camp failed to tell that. Glad hes out if hes such a little baby and cant even tell the truth about what happened.
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Salty MAL fans. I’ve criticized Superman for his stage 20 antics, but have always personally liked him as a rider. Before stage 20, I thought he’d turned a corner, as he and Mas had coexisted as well as could be expected.

From my outside perspective and with the benefit of hindsight, it looked to me like MAL was supposed to be the 1A at the TDF and Mas was supposed to be 1A at the Vuelta- hence why MAL wore #1 at the former and Mas at the latter. When Lopez couldn’t stay upright, Mas ended up being the only GC guy at the Tour, but was undercooked heading into the race with his eye on the Vuelta, where he was on good form. On top form, Mas is at least equal to Lopez as a GC rider if not a bit better due to his consistency, and after missing out on his TDF GC challenge, Lopez wanted to ride for himself on stage 20. Problem was after following Yates, he was losing time already and took it personally that the team wasn’t going to sacrifice Mas in the process.
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This is interesting:

As for the team’s already established leaders like Valverde, the veteran racer’s objectives are going to be “set by himself,” Vila says.

“He is team’s flagship rider. He’s an example. His only aim, at 42 next year, will be to act as a mirror in which the younger racers can appreciate his fighting spirit, his meticulous professionalism and his delight in racing. Whatever he gets on the sporting front is a bonus.”
Looks to me like basically a case of "No, we haven't officially announced that he's extending, but... come on, guys! Now that he's said he wants to continue for at least one more year, you know it's gonna happen."
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I just assumed cycling clothes were made of really stretchy material, so it would become fitting when riders took it on. But of course, there needs to be some pre-fitting.
Remember when they had to change Vingegaard white bodysuit for the last TT in TdF. Showing him "sitting" on a bike, aka lying aero while the fitter worked. It was way too big and he had to be up late if I remember correctly. (Which would make his TT performance the day after even more remarkable :D)