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Erviti, Torres, Rojas and Lluís Mas renew another year

Erviti, Torres, Rojas and Lluís Mas renew another year

Nervousness has given way to happiness. Movistar, after a season marked by the UCI classification, in a constant flirtation with relegation, has taken several steps forward, both on the road and in the offices. The Spanish team caresses salvation (it is already 13th in the ranking, 625 points from the limit), it is leaving an unbeatable image in Italian lands and, also, it generates hope for the next course, already without Alejandro Valverde. This Wednesday, he announced the continuity of four of his men: Imanol Erviti, José Joaquín Rojas, Lluís Mas and Albert Torres. In all cases, the link is extended for another year, until 2023. In all of them, too, it is about cyclists who this year have been present in the three grand tours (Giro Tour and Vuelta).

Movements, therefore, important within the group, which intends to maintain its base. Rojas and Erviti, without going any further, are the most experienced riders of the telephone team. The one from Cieza, who this year has added a second place, in the 4th stage of the Tour of Wallonia, will start his 17th season in the squad directed by Eusebio Unzué; that of Pamplona, ​​for his part, his 19th. “I’m still very motivated and wanting more. For now, we have next year and hopefully I can do a couple of more years, maybe reach 39 with the team before we start dedicating ourselves to other things. It will be strange to race without Alejandro after so many years together; Imanol and I will play a bit of the work of ‘road captains’but I have a lot of confidence in the group”, valued the first, in statements provided by Movistar itself.

Erviti, with a fundamental role in Ain (Pedrero, Sosa), Limousin (Aranburu) or Great Britain (Serrano), vital for the comeback towards salvation, has been in the same line. “It has been a different end of the year for me, racing not so usual races instead of La Vuelta. Certainly, there was tension, but the final result has been very good. We were taking joy from very soon. It will be 19 years and, of course, 2023 will be different as it is without Alejandro. This year I have only run Occitania and these tests in Italy with him, and it will be strange not having him”, he added. Together with the two of them, a Torres and a Mas who will reach their fourth and fifth seasons in the teamrespectively, in which they have already established themselves as gregarious for big events.

The signings, when falling

The four renewals come at a time when two names appear strongly in the pools to reinforce the telephone numbers. Fernando Gaviria, from the UAE, and Ruben Guerreiro, from the EFthey would be finalizing the details to land in Spain. While the information is confirmed, Movistar faces a very special week. Valverde, who has been second (Coppa Agostini), fourth (Giro de Emilia) and third (Tres Valles Varesinos) in his last three races, will put an end to his incredible career as a professional in Lombardyan appointment for which Enric Mas, also renewed this year until 2025, arrives in great shape.

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