Enric Mas on Chris Froome moving to Movistar: I don't think anybody believed that story
Jun 04 2020 04:13 am CET

Enric Mas on Chris Froome moving to Movistar: I don't think anybody believed that story
Enric Mas on Chris Froome moving to Movistar: I don't think anybody believed that story
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Movistar's General Manager Eusebio Unzue and riders Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas brushed off the rumours that linked Chris Froome with the Spanish formation.

During the virtual press conference of the team -in which it was announced that Valverde and Mas will lead the roster in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, and Marc Soler will do it in the Giro d'Italia- the three men were asked about the rumours of the four-time winner of the French grand tour signing with the formation.

"I think that Froome would always be very welcomed anywhere he goes, he is a big champion and I think he has the doors open everywhere," said Valverde. "But I think that everybody that knows and is close to the cycling world knew that the story of him in Movistar was difficult to believe. It was just an anecdote and that was all."

"I don't think anybody actually believed the news, it was just a plain lie," added Mas. "For me, it would always be a pride to have next to me a rider that has won all the races that he has won and four Tour de France but we are fine like this, with the three of us and all the team. It is better if he stays in Ineos."

"It was just an anecdote in a time in which he had to see and hear everything," explained Unzue. "It was surprising and also that it was part of the news during three days. Then it was Froome's boss the one that had to come out and put things in their right place. But it gave us and you [the journalists, Ed.] some entertainment. But of course, there was nothing."

During the talk, the former World Champion also commented that he feels strong and has even played with the thought of extending his career beyond 2021.

When asked about a longer career he answered: "Well I don't know, we would have to ask Eusebio if he would want me to stay a year longer," he said. "For the moment, I just want to finish this year and see how everything goes and then we will see about next year. But it is true that with all this stop in the competition I have thought 'well I think I have the body to keep going' but that isn't certain. For now, I have a contract until next year and after that we will see step by step."

"What can I say? I'm delighted that he has taken this time without competition to think and feel about extending his contract beyond 2021," added Unzue. "I think that is a clear example of his character, of his excitement to be on the bike and everything else that he transmits.

"He is a privileged man to enjoy everything how he enjoys it despite the suffering, the training and that he deprives himself of doing so many other things. But I am convinced that as long as he has this level he will be the first one to ask to continue and of course I can't say no to him."




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