Enric Mas he has already done fifth and sixth in the Tower of France. Now, as a sole leader, without the company of Alexander Valverde, confident in being able to assault the podium. “We came from a somewhat complicated fall in Dauphiné, but I think we came quite well because I was able to rest calmly. The form is what I had to have to get here with options. I’m going for the box. Although I haven’t achieved it yet I think it’s in my hand” told MARK during the presentation of the Great Boucle in Denmark.
But he recognized that the fight for the salvation of Movistar conditioned the final ‘roster’. “The team needs those two riders (Cortina and Aranburu) to get the points that are required. They have been good at home, but the teammates we have here are the best to support me for the general classification,” said the Balearic Islands, who believes that “all the stages will be decisive in this Tour”.
Of course, the first ones are the most dangerous: “In my mind is passing these three from Denmark. Everyone talks about the pavé, but it doesn’t scare me. It motivates me. It’s a stage that is something new for me , but in quotes. Climbers, in principle, it does not go well for us but it really motivates me a lot.
All against Pogacar
As for rivals, Mas sees them at every corner: “I don’t know if it’s going to be ‘everyone against Pogacar’. It’s clear that Tadej is always very strong. He always arrives very well at the Tour, but I think there are many more riders in which fix our attention”. After announcing this week his renewal by Movistar until 2025, the sole leader of the Navarrese knows that he is before his H hour. “I think we are facing my most mature version. We will see if that shows on the road later. I think I am more prepared than other years”, influenced someone proud of his teammates.
“Between Verona, Mateo, Imanol, Nelson and Gorka, who are 100% off-roaders, we are more than covered and we also have men for the flat. We are prepared”. Where they will not be able to support him is in the time trials, where he seemed to have lowered his performance compared to the exhibitions he showed in the Quick-Step. “We will have a long time trial at the end. It is key. But I think that the Tour will already be sentenced by that point. It may change something, but not much”. he confirms.
The control of the goat is in his hand, the expansion of the Covid-19 not so much: “It is true that cases have come out. You have to keep your guard up because no one is safe from this virus. Hopefully there is no bad news in this regard and it doesn’t happen to us like it happened to Almeida in the Giro”. He, for now, is confident that he can save any misfortune on this Tour.