Enric Mas (Movistar) prior to stage 6 of the 2022 Critérium du Dauphiné. With the Tour de France less than three weeks away, it’s another blow for Movistar which is scrapping for UCI points this relegation year.
Three weeks out from the Tour de France, Enric Mas has abandoned the Critérium du Dauphiné before its final day, a blow that will be felt particularly acutely given Movistar’s proximity to the relegation zone.
“In order to prioritise his recovery, after the blows and discomfort caused by his crash on Thursday, Enric Mas concludes his presence at the Dauphiné,” the team wrote on social media. “See you very soon, friend!”
The Spaniard was feeling the effects of a heavy crash on stage 5, and after bearing the pain through Friday, Mas was unable to recover in time for the weekend mountain showdown. The writing was on the wall when two of his climbing teammates, Gregor Mühlberger and Carlos Verona, got into Saturday’s breakaway, clearly given the freedom to ride for themselves. Carlos Verona just held off a flying Primož Roglič to take the first victory of his career. With Verona staying away to take stage 7 victory, his first professional win, Mas was unable to stick with his GC rivals and ultimately made it to Vaujany 17 minutes after his teammate.
“Enric was the leader, and that crash really affected him a lot,” teammate Matteo Jorgenson told VeloNews after stage 7. The young American is now Movistar’s highest placed rider in eighth overall going into […]