More: "The goal of reaching the podium in Paris still stands"

The Movistar rider arrived on the first day of rest as sixth of the Tour, 5:47 behind Pogacar and 29 "behind the third, Urán. He attended AS.


Enric Mas reached the first rest day of the 2021 Tour as sixth place, 5:47 behind Pogacar and 29 seconds behind the provisional third place, which is now occupied by Urán. His desire to get on the podium remains intact… with the inaccessible yellow. The Spaniard answered AS.

by phone.

How do you feel after the first week of the Tour?

Well, better than planned and in a good position, although one rider, Tadej Pogacar, is above the rest and well ahead in the general classification. I saved the mishaps in Brittany, I finished the time trial in the time of the rivals and then I fell in the Massif Central and in the Alps, fortunately without consequences in seven wild days, to advance in the general and continue in the ointment. In Tignes O'Connor got into second place, but if we weren't a few of us in just a minute in the fight for the Paris box, with the yellow inaccessible, despite the fact that a lot of mountains are missing.

How about the progression as captain of Movistar?

Good. In 2020 I gained experience on both the Tour and the Vuelta. In both competitions I finished fifth and learned more about management with my colleagues, on the road, with the directors and assistants. You have to know how to speak and listen, and above all it is easier if the people around you trust you. Alejandro (Valverde), Miguel Ángel (López), Iván (Cortina), Jorge (Arcas), Imanol (Erviti) and Carlos (Verona) represent a key support.

In his debut with the telephone jersey he did not achieve triumphs and he was not seen with such freshness.

You did not see me or many, the pandemic totally marked the 2020 season and, even so, I drew positive conclusions, such as being signed by the historical home team or trying hard even though you do not enjoy the best feeling. This is how I shot during the past season and the beginning of 2021, until I won in the queen stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. That was like a click to regain lost confidence and think again about attacking cycling, as I like it.

Will that version of Enric Mas come out in the remainder of the Tour?

I hope so, the goal of reaching the podium still stands and in previous three-week tests I finished very well.In the 2018 Vuelta he won La Gallina and finished second. What has been missing to perform as then?

I don't know, maybe a bit of luck, not to burst, to get more baggage, to feel stronger, to do better in the time trials ... The Deceuninck is not the same as the Movistar, you have to adapt to a change of squad, and Belgians and Spaniards we are completely different.

Other younger opponents such as Tao, Bernal and Pogacar have already added great rounds to their record. At 26, does the overtaking of a new generation bother?

Each one explodes when it can or when it takes advantage of the right moment and the most favorable conditions, apart from the fact that, traditionally, Spanish brokers mature somewhat later. However, I think I have many years of fighting in the elite to seek important achievements.

For example, the Tokyo Games appear on the horizon.

Yes, I am vaccinated thanks to the Spanish Olympic Committee. If the coach summons me, I will be delighted to come.

And then, the Vuelta?

Yes, both Movistar and I are very excited about returning to the meeting in our country with the maximum of ambition.

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