SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Colombian cyclist Miguel Ángel López apologized today for giving up at the Vuelta at the end of Saturday’s 20th stage. The Movistar rider, who won the 18th stage on Thursday and entered the penultimate event of the race as the third man in the standings, got off the bike after failing to catch the attack of the main rivals and lost hope for the podium in the overall standings.
Visibly frustrated, López remained behind his compatriot Egan Bernal at the time of the opponent’s attack, but he was unable to react to the start and no longer managed to capture the group. In the final climb, the duo from the Bahrain team Victorius Jack Haig and Gino Mäder and Adam Yates from Ineos quickly moved away from him. They all overtook him in the overall ranking.
López then gave up the fight 20 km before the finish and bizarre scenes were seen as team boss Patxi Vila and one of his teammates tried to force him to return to the bike in a team car.
Im¡Las images from Miguel Ángel López undergoing movement to the Movistar team to stop this trip! # VueltaRTVE4S
The Colombian, in rebellion, decides to subscribe to the carriage of the insect of his head of the field Patxi Vila
– Teledeporte (@teledeporte) September 4, 2021
“I would like to apologize to my teammates. We were only a small group, there were only five of us left at the Vuelta, only three had the task of working for the team and everyone put their hearts into it, they did 100 percent,” Twenty-seven-year-old López said in a statement on the stable’s Twitter. “I decided to end the fight in a losing battle. Now I just want to say to the fans, sponsors and organizers of the Vuelta: I’m sorry about what happened.” he added.
According to behind-the-scenes information, López broke that no one was found to help him with the fighter ride. The last straw was allegedly a conflict with team manager Eusébi Unzué, who had a vulgar shout at the Colombian from the accompanying vehicle.