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Lopez controversial exit from Movistar is still on hot topic. In an interview with RCN, Radio Cadena Nacional de Televisión de Colombia, Lopez, when asked about the rather ambiguous events of the 2021 Vuelta de España, gave an unequivocal answer: “The atmosphere in Movistar was always very tense. Whenever I was ahead, Enric was always looking for a way to move in front of me, our roles were never clear. I worked in the Dauphiné for Valverde, but then in the Grand Tours our tasks were always undefined.”
And again on Enric Mas, Lopez did not make any concessions: “Enric is a selfish person, I don’t want to share races with him again. I stopped working on the Vuelta because everything would depend on his general classification. When I was losing about 40-50 seconds, my team manager told me it was a really tough situation and that I had to stop pedalling because I wouldn’t catch up with my rivals. That annoyed me and so I got off the bike”.
During La Vuelta this year, after winning stage 18 and sitting 3rd overall, Lopez climbed off his bike in protest on stage 20, quitting the race and effectively walking out on the team. López’s contract was dissolved soon after his Vuelta exit.
One months ago, in an interview at Diario de Navarra, Movistar’s team manager Unzué was still commenting on Lopez’s Vuelta describing him as: ‘Frustrated and mentally destroyed.”
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