“But he has to lead the team and discover his quality”


Eusebio Unzuedirector of Movistar, pointed that out enric mas He should be the leader of the team and desire everything, and he was “surprised” by the recovery of the Balearic rider after suffering a mental crisis in the 2022 Tour and was second shortly after the Tour of Spain with a good season finale .

Unzué commented on various aspects of the leader of the formation during the presentation of the fourth season of the documentary series “El día menos pensado” whose content includes the difficulties that Mas suffered in the 2023 season.

“It is not impossible that Enric Mas can aim for the top of a podium. He was a growing runner, he settled down and got stronger. After last season’s struggles, he bounced back and finished the year well among the best riders. He won the Giro de Emilia and was second in Lombardy, only surpassed by Pogacar,” said Unzué.

In the explanation of the head of the Movistar Team, “Mas has had experience and is reaching his maturity, I see him calm”, so his role in the squad is none other than the undisputed leader.

“It is now clear that without Alejandro Valverde he has to lead the team and discover his quality. Last year he tackled the Tour as a leader and he needs to consolidate experience as such. We have to aspire to the podium, but being on the top, nothing can be ruled out”, he commented.

Unzué acknowledged that he was surprised by the recovery of Enric Mas, who withdrew from the Tour de France after suffering a crisis of phobia of descents, which required recovery treatment.

“First, I was surprised by what happened to him in the Tour, but then I was even more surprised at the recovery. He did the Vuelta as if nothing had happened to him and at the end of the season he won a race and in Lombardy he coached Pogacar,” he said.

For his part, Alejandro Valverde, who has retired from competition, said of Enric Mas that the Balearic cyclist “is a good person with whom I have a good relationship. I see him motivated and in good condition, I think he will do great things” .

Regarding the goals he expects from the Artá​​​​​​​cyclist, Valverde said that “he must aim to win, even if it is difficult, because rivals can also fail.”

Source: La Verdad


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