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EF doing good scouting!
He is looking like a good prospect. let's hope that he an fit in with the European racing.
Not at all. Good result at Colombia 2.1, San Juan and wins at Colombia Elite/U23. One things its sign for example Rafa Pineda, another one its sign a rider who perform pretty well in every race he did. Only bad result at Baby Giro, with bad weather and after covid break. He receive lot of offers as you can see, so this shows a bit that not a good scouting at all.
 
Not at all. Good result at Colombia 2.1, San Juan and wins at Colombia Elite/U23. One things its sign for example Rafa Pineda, another one its sign a rider who perform pretty well in every race he did. Only bad result at Baby Giro, with bad weather and after covid break. He receive lot of offers as you can see, so this shows a bit that not a good scouting at all.
The Colombians only had one day of racing before the Baby Giro after the Covid break, so it's really hard to gauge their performance.
 
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This is an interesting debate, but I think the bottom line is that Movistar needed another Top 5 GC rider.

I rank Lopez, who is one of my favorite riders, equal to Mas, in the sense that both seem to be around a 5th place GT rider -- but Mas will get there in one way, and MAL in another way.

Talent wise, I think MAL is better but that's not the whole equation, obviously. Mas quietly had a great season this year and may have more headroom than I thought when he was on QS. Either way if you're a Movi fan this is great news. If each rides to his potential, the team could have two podium finishes next year.
Mas is like a new Carlos Sastre. Sastre had an incredible career and of course it was capped with that Tour win; he scored 15 Grand Tour top 10s and 6 podiums; however, he was not explosive and was best at riding himself into form as the race went on, meaning he didn't amass much of a palmarès in short stage races (plus he raced through the super-peaking era), and only won five stages across the totality of that Grand Tour lifespan, and he became the poster boy for letting go early and riding the climb at his own pace, frequently being dropped early on the climb only to re-emerge riding through everybody and making his way back to the front as they all blew up, like Pello Bilbao in the Stelvio stage. Mas is a great GC rider, but without more explosivity he will be a guy who scores a lot of placements but won't score so many wins.

López' win column is already enough that many riders could retire on.

I had a couple of comparables from cycling history of the difference between the two, but they didn't truly work. The two I was looking at were Sastre and his brother in law (I think the Sastre comparison for Mas has mileage), and also mid-2000s Euskaltel, with Mas as pre-ninja Zubeldia, and López as Mayo. The reason both of these comparisons fail is partly to do with the eras they are racing in (I'm not ready to anoint Supermán a greater climber than Jiménez, though his palmarès is already pretty much there - Chava has more GT stages, López has more results outside of them and better GC results overall), but also largely because, put simply, López has delivered far more on his promise than Mayo, and Chava's personal demons derailed him often enough, even in the middle of his heyday.
 
I checked. They are replying! They've revealed it's not an Italian, so not Basso. My personal - if somewhat silly - guess is Janse van Rensburg; that is definitely more than three letters!
One of the people responding on twitter seems to have the same idea. Or maybe he read this topic and then replied!

Looking at the list of riders without contract on PCS, I have no idea who can that be. But Van Rensburg would surprise me- NTT would surely want to re-sign him and if he hasn't signed elsewhere by this point, why would he do it now, when the team is secure.
 
Polanc is staying at Emirates and Rensburg (with Thompson and Dlamini) is staying at Qhubeka.

It could be Molano, which was rumoured to be heading out of UAE.
Henao was rumoured to EF but could also be a possibility, Narvaez if he isn't re-upping with INEOS. I'm guessing it will be a south american rider, which use to bode well with Italian teams.
 
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