Enric Mas will lead Movistar in the Tour in search of the podium


Spanish cyclist Enric Mas will be the leader of the Movistar team in the next edition of the Tour de France, which will be held from July 1 to 24 and in which the telephone team will try to reach the final podium in Paris.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who renewed this Monday for three years with Movistar, will command a team in which he will be accompanied by Carlos Verona – recent stage winner in the Dauphiné -, Imanol Erviti, Gorka Izagirre, Albert Torres, the American Matteo Jorgenson, Portuguese Nelson Oliveira and Austrian Gregor Mühlberger.

Now, Mas will try to improve on his performances in his last two editions of the gala round, in which he finished fifth (2020) and sixth (2021). Patxi Vila and Chente García Acosta will serve as the team’s sporting directors in the telephone team’s 40th consecutive participation in the “Grande Boucle”.

The leader of the Movistar ranks assured Monday after his renewal that he was going to the Tour, which begins this Friday with a time trial in Copenhagen, “with the best of hopes this year”. “The objective for the next three years is to fight to get on these Tour, Giro or Vuelta podiums or, why not, aspire to victory in one of the Grand Tours”, he said. noted.

In addition, Movistar has announced the women’s team that Jorge Sanz will lead and which will participate in the Giro d’Italia Donne, which begins this Thursday in the Sardinian city of Cagliari and ends on July 10.

The Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten will be the reference at the start of her challenge of the three “Grand Tours”. At his side will be a stage winner in 2021, the Dane Emma Norsgaard; the Pan American road champion, the Cuban Arlenis Sierra; the French Aude Biannic, the Colombian Paula Patiño and the Serbian Jelena Eric.

Brandon D. James