David Lopez adds another year to contract with Team Sky
Oct 19 2017 09:05 pm CET

David Lopez adds another year to contract with Team Sky
David Lopez adds another year to contract with Team Sky
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Team Sky has confirmed the contract extension of David Lopez. The Spaniard will start his sixth season in the British squad, being one of the most experienced on the roster.

Lopez is now looking forward to acting as the mentor of the younger riders coming to the team. "At this point, I’m trying to continue at the same level, supporting the team," he explained to TeamSky.com. "The team is always improving, there are good riders coming, and they always need some help.

"Next year we have a lot of new young riders so hopefully they will ask me to work with them, and teach them how we work as a team. It’s a good role. I enjoy it. I arrived in the team at the same time as (Ian) Boswell, and we grew together with the team. After five years together he told me he’d learnt some good things from me. It’s nice."

This year, the Spaniard was one of the riders supporting Chris Froome to take the victory at the Vuelta a España, just after he had won his fourth Tour de France. "The Vuelta was really good," he said. "Of course it’s always really good when you win. But all of the riders did a good job and the team was really happy with us at the end of a long season.

"It feels like a home race for me, too. I know most of the roads at the Vuelta - they don’t change so much. Also, some of the stages were close to where I live and I had a lot of friends and family come to visit."

Team Sky coach Xavier Artexte thinks the rider still has what it takes to perform well next season. "David is still capable of delivering really good performances," he commented. "He’s a solid rider and you can see that he performs better in hard, high-level races like the Vuelta this year, Romandie, Dauphine etc. He really wanted to go the best races and play a key role and he can continue to do that next year.

"He has a lot of experience and he’s in the final years of his career. But some riders ride the final years of their career on WorldTour teams because they can share this experience with young riders and they almost become like a teacher."