"It is a balanced route that suits Pogacar well"

Matxín, director of UAE Emirates, assessed the stages and profiles of the Tour of Spain in which his rider Pogacar, current winner of the Tour de France, will be.

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Josean Fernández Matxín, director of UAE Emirates, said after learning about the route of the Vuelta 2021 that "he has the balance that he has lacked in other years" and that "with so much mountain and two times, he adapts well" to the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, third in 2019 and winner of Tour 2020.

"I really like the route, they have sought a balance that was not found in previous years, and it is also an appeal to people who want to do the Olympic Games and prepare for the World Cup. A beautiful route, with many mountain stages, there are sprints , 2 times, a homogeneous lap for any type of cyclist ", he pointed out.

Matxín will appear in the 76th edition of the Vuelta with a "spectacular" team, in which he hopes that Pogacar will contest the red jersey. "It is a route that suits us well, with a time at the end that suits Pogacar well. We are going to come to compete in the general classification and the stages" .

Regarding the next edition of the Tour de France, Matxín was cautious about the possibility that Pogacar could win his second consecutive title. "You have to be respectful with your rivals because we don't run alone, you have to know that when there are important rivals we have to go step by step," he concluded.Valverde: "The Vuelta will be beautiful and spectacular"

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), 2018 World Champion, described the route of the Vuelta unveiled today in Burgos as "very beautiful and spectacular for the public", and assured that he hopes to start on August 14 in the Castilian city, which this year celebrates the VIII Centenary of its cathedral.

"Since 2012 the Vuelta has always been very tough, spectacular for the public, and I'm sure this year will also be very beautiful and interesting until the end," said the Murcian cyclist via telematics. Reviewing the route of the 76th edition of the Vuelta that begins on August 14 in Burgos and ends in Santiago de Compostela on September 5, Valverde pointed out for his personal aspirations the ninth stage that ends in Alto de Velefique (Almería) .

"I know the Velefique stage well, I have it close to home and I know it is a very difficult pass, in fact I was there in 2009, when I won the Vuelta. It is a stage that I really like". For Valverde, the time trial on the last day in Santiago will bring excitement and interest until the last meter of the race. "Santiago's chrono will give tension to the Vuelta because it is the last day, but at the same time it will be a very beautiful day on the stage in the capital of Galicia" .

Unzue: "A surprising route, the Asturian stages will be key"

Eusebio Unzue, director of Movistar, was "surprised" after learning about the route of the 76th edition of the Vuelta, with several unpublished mountain scenarios, one of them the Alto del Gamoniteiro, in Asturias, which together with the preceding stage of the Lakes "will be the keys" of the race. "Asturias offers decisive stages due to its orography. This year we will arrive at the Lakes and the Gamoniteiro, in the last fight between climbers, in an unprecedented port that we have already seen is spectacular. Both will be the most decisive stages of the Vuelta.

The innovations of the route, with 4 stage finishes up, did not cease to surprise the head of Movistar. "It has surprised me a lot, we are going to discover unusual areas of Spain and unknown sores. It seems that a Tour without the Pyrenees cannot be important, but we see that from the third stage with the arrival at Picón Blanco the interest begins, and then by the Alicante area, Alto de Velefique.

Unzue predicts that they will be "really difficult stages, and I think that as has happened in recent years, we will know the final decision in the last 2-3 days before arriving in Santiago". After playing the Tour de France, the great goal of the year, Unzue hopes to go to the Vuelta to aspire to the red jersey with Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel "Supermán" López. "Both are candidates for the Vuelta, which is one of the important objectives of the season together with the Tour. We will go with the best men and in the best conditions."

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