Enric Mas: "I have to consolidate myself as a leader"

The Spaniard, who is eighth overall, believes that this Tour will be an apprenticeship to consolidate himself as the leader of Movistar and contest the yellow jersey soon.


Enric Mas (Movistar) enjoyed the second day of rest in a climate of calm and confidence that gave him a physical and mental evolution that has placed him eighth overall and with podium options. His goal is to try, but in any case it will be an apprenticeship to consolidate himself as Movistar leader and contest the yellow jersey soon.

"I'm fine, the feelings are now better than in the first and second week, I am going step by step and there is a very long and hard finish. It gives me confidence to see myself ahead, I am improving, but it is also true that the rivals are better than form. We are going to face a very demanding week and anything can happen. Anyone can have a bad day. I hope it doesn't touch us ".

A week in which it will be evident within the peloton that the Tour is a matter of resistance and elimination under the dominance of Roglic's Jumbo Visma. "On the ascent to the Grand Colombier we saw that when Adam Yates started on a very hard straight the Jumbo tensed with Dumoulin and we caught up with him fast. We saw that if you start you have to be very strong and hold on to the finish. Not only the Jumbo, we are all fine. and to attack is to sacrifice oneself "

The Movistar leader said he was at a time very similar to the one that allowed him to be second in the 2018 Vuelta, which is a point of motivation for the Mallorcan cyclist. "Yes, the sensations are similar to those of the 2018 Vuelta, but this year is different, there are other riders, and they are all full now. It could be an elimination Tour, that's why the fact of being eighth and to be able to advance, it is better than if I were fifth and had to prevent others from passing me.

Mas recalculated his ambitions, initially stipulated in the top 15 and then narrowed down to acquiring learning for future editions. "I came from Burgos and Dauphiné and to be among the top 15 I didn't see it too bad, but now I'm in the top 10 and I don't see it anymore, let's see what happens this week" .

The fact of having the help of Alejandro Valverde supposes for Enric Mas "an extra motivation point, since seeing that there are few favorites in front and we are both gives me peace of mind. Hopefully we continue ahead and between the two of us we give ourselves the tranquility that we missed it". With the evolution in the physical aspect, the mental part also plays a fundamental role in an Enric Mas who thinks about investing in learning to be able to compete for the yellow jersey in the next editions. "I look much better than last year and I want to come back next year thinking about winning the Tour, I have to consolidate myself as a team leader and come with a team to be among the best" .

Valverde: "Being the leader for the World Cup is good, but we have more assets"

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will be the leader of the Spanish team for the World Cup en route to be held on the 27th in Imola, a "position" that takes over the jersey rainbow of 2018, although he warns from the Tour de France that "other tricks can be played". "I'm getting better and better and I hope to get to the World Cup very well. Being the leader of the Spanish team is very good, but other teammates can be in good condition and play several tricks," Valverde said on the second rest day of the Tour de France.

Speaking of the French race, in which he occupies twelfth place at 6.52 behind the leader, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, the 40-year-old cyclist from Murcia, pointed out that "the objective now is not to enter the top 10, but to be close to Enric , that every day is better ". A help, which from his experience, is essential for his teammate Enric Mas, who has real podium options from his eighth place in the general standings.

"I think my help is important because having a partner in the group in front is key, in case your bike fails you, you have a puncture ... In addition, Enric and I are similar in height and it can come in handy. We are calm , the team is in place, a very tough week is coming and we know that we are not going to win the Tour, but we will try to climb positions ".

Valverde knows that unseating the Slovenian duo Roglic-Pogacar will be difficult, and trying to enter as well, since it would be a rival to control. "Everything is going to be a mountain and it will be complicated. Attempting an escape will be difficult, they are not going to let me and it would be a waste of money. To unseat them is almost impossible today."

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