An 'eight' for reaction

The Spanish team will face the French race (August 29-September 20) wanting to reverse the situation after a 2020 without results. Soler, the great doubt for the alignment.


The Movistar is already in Nice where the Tour de France begins this Saturday (August 29 to September 20). The Spanish team arrived at the Côte d'Azur from Courchevel, in the Alps, where it has carried out a preparatory rally for the great French made up of ten cyclists from which the eight members will leave for the great event of the year. The line-up will be announced in the next few hours (this afternoon at the earliest), so all the members of the so-called 'blue bubble', due to the strong security measures with which they have worked (none left or to go to the Nationals of the last weekend), they moved to Nice, the two discards are still unknown.

That is the first big question that surrounds the team. The initial plan was for Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas to lead the Spanish formation in this Tour and Marc Soler to do so in the Giro, although the presence of the Catalan in the concentration seems to give him options to be among the eight who will start this Saturday. Cataldo, Erviti, Oliveira, Pedrero, Roelandts, Rojas and Verona are the other contenders for the starting 'eight'.

An alignment with which the Spanish team hopes to reverse the situation in an atypical season in which the results have so far been poor. It is the World Tour formation with the fewest victories of the season (one, in Mallorca on February 1, precisely the work of Marc Soler) and the penultimate among the teams of the highest category in the latest ranking published by the UCI. Hence, and from the feeling of the unstable calendar due to the pandemic, it follows that the Spanish team should not save anything when it comes to surrounding the fixed a priori Enric Mas ("I'm going for the general and some victory", recognized in AS) and a Valverde with freedom.

In the next few hours, an unknown that other teams have already cleared will be resolved: this Monday Astana, which will cover Superman López with four Spaniards (the Izagirre, Luis León and Fraile); the Arkea, with Nairo and Barguil as references; a Trek with Porte and Mollema and the EF of the Colombian trident (Urán, Higuita and Martínez) .

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