Enric Mas: “I’m ready to lead the Tour and have the team to myself”

“I have sinned by not being aggressive and this year I think I will be more so”

BARCELONA, Jan. 20 (.) –

The Spanish cyclist Enric Mas (Movistar Team) assured that in 2022, in his third campaign with the telephone team, he is prepared to face the Tour de France as sole leader and, with the team at his disposal, fight to wear the yellow jersey in Paris and, as a second objective, also fight for the Vuelta a España.

“It is true that these last two years I have shared leadership, but this year I am prepared to be the leader and it is time to face it alone. We are going to focus first on the Tour, where I will have the team at my disposal. finding now, that it will turn out well”, he told the media after the team’s presentation.

But it was clear: the goal will be the Tour de France. “I would like to have the whole team for myself, and share the Vuelta with Alejandro. I am ready to be there and have the whole team with me on the Tour,” he stressed.

At the moment, for these objectives to come to fruition, he sees it as essential to have a good preseason. “The beginning of the season is very important to train with the confidence to win. The most important thing is to improve in the time trial and that little point that I have left in the mountains. But what I’m missing for now is that aspect of the time trial”, he acknowledged. .

“I want to go back to my first three years in Quick-Step, which had a good start to the season. This year, as I said, I have to improve at the beginning of the season to have that confidence later. I’m sure I can do other laps WorldTour like Catalonia or the Basque Country, or others, but I can be there”, he commented on his possible calendar.


On the other hand, he is clear about what he needs to do to try to beat Primoz Roglic or Tadej Pogacar, the great winners of recent times. “The only way to beat ‘runners’ like Pogacar or Roglic is by working hard on myself. Work, work, work and work. There is no other secret,” he appealed.

“The fans are very right, it is true that these last two years I have sinned by not being aggressive. But they have been a lack of strength, too, I think. This year, if I can, I would love it and I think I will be a little more aggressive than in the last two years”, the Spaniard was honest.

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