Friar: "With broken ground and the option to escape, I will do well"

The last Spanish rider to win on the Tour, at Mende in 2018, will have room to pursue his interests and will work for Superman at Astana.


No Spanish rider has won the Tour since July 21, 2018. That day he raised his arms in Mende, in his first notch in the gala round, Omar Fraile. "Although it seems that not, time passes," says the Biscayan, just turned 30. In that 2018 campaign he signed for Astana, his current team, with whom he has another season under contract: “Here I feel good, they give me confidence and freedom when appropriate, I work at ease and they value me for selecting me for the career of three most important weeks. ”

In this edition, it will be his turn to support Superman López, who is also a debutant: “In the group we are clear that we must embrace Miguel Ángel. This is a cyclist who has reached the podium in the Giro and in the Vuelta (third in both in 2018), we think that he is prepared for the assault on the Paris box, we will help him and guide him in whatever he needs ”. The Colombian praises his partner: “I consider him one of some people who always want to be escorted, a support for any type of day, no matter how complicated it may be, and at any time. And above all, it provides a very good atmosphere with the other three Spanish boys, the Izagirre brothers and Luis León. They are phenomena! ”

In the case of Fraile, he will also have the margin to look for escapes: "When the terrain and the occasion allow it, I will try to get into the leaks to rush my personal opportunities." The Massif Central offers favorable terrain for adventure, on the way to Sarran (this Thursday, with two heights of 4th, one for 3rd and a pass for 2nd) and Puy Mary (on Friday, two peaks of 1st, two of 2nd and three 3rd): "As long as there is a broken path with an option to escape, it will adapt well to my characteristics" .

Stage winner in the Giro (in 2017, in Bagno di Romagna) and the Tour, he lacks that of the Vuelta to complete the collection in the big three. In the national event, he won the mountain jersey in 2015 (with Caja Rural) and 2016 (with Dimension Data). Since he belongs to Astana, he has always doubled Tour and Vuelta in the same course: “We will see how we end up here and how the issue of the coronavirus evolves. For now there are competitions, things are working well in the health bubble and in principle we do not contemplate any other end than to reach Paris. We already achieved a victory with Alexey Lutsenko at Mont Aigoual. Hopefully more hits. So go ahead. ”

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