Tour de Francia 2020 Mas and Valverde, with the best in the mountains
Lthe members of Movistar walk through the Tour de France with another face. Despite initial doubts, they have turned the tables and are now fighting to reach the podium, a peak to which a Enric Mas which is eighth and is getting bigger every day.
“I prefer to climb positions little by little than to try to give a great attack that can place me higher and then I have to be careful not to lose. It is difficult, but the objective is not impossible,” he said yesterday before the Spanish media during the rest day. The Spaniard knows that, with Valverde by his side, everything is easier.
“He helps me, we go together in this and, for example, on Sunday we arrive together with the favorites. That gives peace of mind,” says a cyclist who seems capable of anything. “I’m fine, the sensations are better now than in the first and second week, I am going step by step and there is a very long and hard finish. It gives me confidence to see myself ahead, I am improving, but it is also true that the rivals are in better shape. We are going to face a very demanding week and anything can happen. Anyone can have a bad day. I hope it doesn’t touch us. “
The objective of the podium is real because it looks similar to when I conquered the box in LaVuelta in 2018. “The sensations are similar to that race, but this year is different. There are other riders, and all of them are now full. It could be a Tour. elimination, that’s why the fact of being eighth and being able to advance motivates me more than if I were fifth and had to prevent others from passing me. “
With the evolution in the physical aspect, the mental part also plays a fundamental role in a Mas that thinks about investing in learning to be able to compete for the yellow jersey in the next editions. “I look much better than last year and I want to go back next year thinking about winning the Tour, I have to consolidate myself as a team leader and come with a team to be among the best.”
Alejandro Valverde, for his part, looks happy to see his team and his own performance. “The objective now is not to enter the top 10, but to be close to Enric, who is getting better every day.” A help, which from his experience, is essential for his partner Mas, whom he sees “with real options to be on the podium in Paris”.
“I think my help is important because having a partner in the front group is key, in case your bike fails, you have a puncture … We are also similar in height and it can be good for you to change your bike. , the team is in place, a very tough week is coming and we know that we are not going to win the Tour, but we will try to climb positions “. He knows that to unseat the Slovenian do Roglic-Pogacar will be complicated, and try to attack as well, since he would be a rival to control.
“Everything is going to be mountain and complicated. Attempting an escape will be difficult, they will not let me and it will cost nothing. To unseat them is almost impossible and it would be to immolate oneself,” says a Bala who is already looking at Imola. “I’m happy because I think I’m going to get there well although there will be other teammates with arcoris options,” he concludes.