But he loses his podium options: "It was not what was expected"

The Balearic Movistar player placed seventh overall, 4:05 behind Carapaz's third place: "It was a very tough stage and I didn't feel well."

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Enric Mas gave up 2:27 at the Portet and said goodbye to his podium options, now away at 4:05 (Richard Carapaz occupies third place). The 26-year-old from Balearic Islands finished fifth on the Tour in 2020 and until the second rest day he repeated that he wanted to reach the box and that he was going to attack for his goal. However, he got off the hook on the first ramps of the Pyrenean port. "This is not what we expected and what we had set as our goal," Eusebio Unzué lamented in the parking area of the teams' buses. The Movistar manager, back to the race after being vaccinated in Spain, was confident of a better performance of his own: “We came with two leaders and the ambition of the places of honor, and Miguel Ángel (López) fell from that fight soon and now it seems that Enric, too. ”

In its fixation for trying to storm the Champs Elysees, Movistar had all its cyclists tied up short. When they enjoyed a certain freedom, Erviti and Valverde finished second in Nîmes and Andorra, on the run, and Cortina, fourth in the arrival of Carcassonne. The problem: the field to seek victories is ending and the balance is poor. Although Superman was optimistic: "The box still seems possible to me, it will take a day in the Pyrenees and the time trial to achieve it." But, seventh at 9:48 from Tadej Pogacar, he assumed his bad afternoon: "It was a very hard stage, I did not feel well in any of the ascents."

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