"With work and perseverance I can be close to Evenepoel and Pogacar"

Juanpe López gave an interview to EFE in which he reviewed his start on the UCI World Tour with Trek-Segafredo and his goals for 2021.


Juan Pedro López (Lebrija, 23 years old), one of the hopes of Spanish cycling from the "factory" of the Alberto Contador Foundation, faces his second season on the World Tour wearing the Trek Segafredo jersey.

After a positive balance of 2020, the Andalusian wants to start this season to fulfill dreams, and with "work and perseverance" he does not rule out being close to the young people who are revolutionizing world cycling, such as the Slovenian Pogacar or the Belgian Remco Evenepoel.

Concentrated in Denia with the training of Nibali, Mollema and Mads Pedersen, the runner from Lebrijano learned last season "from the good and the bad" and now it is time to demonstrate that experience on the road.

"The first year was one of learning and the assessment was very positive, since you always draw conclusions that serve you, both good and bad. Also in the team there are high-quality colleagues and each one teaches you something, there are great lap leaders and high-level classics ".

Juanpe remembers the bad luck of breaking his hand bone at the Dauphiné, although he later returned to a good level in the Vuelta. "The season also helped me to see that the Grand Tours is where I can be strongest, but I know there are things to improve" .

The former disciple of Contador aims high upon hearing the names of today's youth figures.

"It is difficult to reach that level because of the quality that exists in the current squad, but with work and perseverance it will be close. It will not remain for me and I will try. Remco Evenepoel and Pogacar are touched by a magic wand, but there is You have to try to be as close to them as possible, and for this you have to prepare 200% ".

In 2020 he ran his first classics, in Flecha Brabanzona, Lieja Bastoña and Flecha Walloon.

"I really liked the experience, although I arrived with a strange body after having the flu and I could not enjoy them as I wanted. This year I want to go back to those races" .

His plans are to open the season at the Tour de Haut Var (from February 19 to 21) and then "on the fly" he will define his calendar, which will have the Vuelta a España as its main objective.

"If everything goes well I will be in the Tour of Spain, it is the home race and it makes me very excited. I want to take advantage of any occasion that I may have, to be in front and fight for some stage. The Giro d'Italia also throws me a lot, but over time we will see ".

"Although how to dream is free", comments "Juanpe", the Lebrijano would choose to wake up one day with the reality of having won a Liege Bastoña Liège.

His options "will be marked by the race," says the former Kometa runner, where he trained for 5 seasons through all categories. As a Contador, the Andalusian is a pure climber, and it is in the mountains where he hopes to raise his arms in the not too distant future.

At the moment he is enjoying the first concentration of the year in Denia with the Trek Segafredo, "a great family" in which he is the only Spaniard. Along with him good teachers, like Nibali, one of the 7 cyclists in history, winner of the big three.

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