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Tour de France 2019: Enric Mas: “The Tour has treated me quite well for now” | sports


The Tour of his debut was a dream for Enric Mas (Artà, Mallorca, 1995) until Saturday, in the Tourmalet, he found his limits and burst. The explosion was such that 24 hours later he had not recovered. The Deceuninck runner lost half an hour in the big stage of the Pyrenees. The next day, the rest day, Mas, the great promise of Spanish cycling, reviews his Learning Tour and even laughs out loud remembering his bad days, days, he says, that allow him to fill in his diary of pages of all colors.

Question. In the Tourmalet he found what he said he was looking for, his limits. Not a bad thing to learn the Tour, right?

Answer. Yeah sure. Apart from that I have burst and everything, I make a positive reading of what we have of Tour. We have been two weeks, 15 stages. On the 14th the fourth was in the general, on the 15th in the afternoon the 26th was … We came here to learn and to try to make a top ten, and this I think is no longer possible. But, little by little, we are growing as a cyclist.

So goes the ranking

First name Difference
one FRA Julian Alaphilippe 64h 57:30
two GBR Geraint Thomas + 01:35
3 NED Steven Kruijswijk + 01:47
4 FRA Thibaut Pinot + 01:50
5 CABBAGE Egan Bernal + 02:02
6 GER Emanuel Buchmann + 02:14
7 ESP Mikel Landa + 04:54
8 ESP Alejandro Valverde + 05:00
9 CABBAGE Rigoberto Uran + 05:33
10 AUS Richie porte + 06:30
First name points
one BEL Tim wellens 64
two FRA Thibaut Pinot fifty
3 BEL Thomas de Gendt 37
4 FRA Julian Alaphilippe 33
5 ITA Giulio Ciccone 30
6 GBR Simon Yates 29
7 BEL Xandro Meurisse 27
8 NED Steven Kruijswijk 24
9 GER Emanuel Buchmann 24
10 ERI Natnael Berhane twenty
First name points
one SVK Peter Sagan 309
two ITA Elia Viviani 224
3 ITA Sonny colbrelli 203
4 AUS Michael Matthews 201
5 AUS Caleb Ewan 198
6 BEL Jasper Stuyven 142
7 ITA Matteo Trentin 130
8 FRA Julian Alaphilippe 117
9 NED Dylan Groenewegen 116
10 BEL Greg Van Avermaet 101
First name Difference
one ESP MOVE TEAM 195h 19:44
3 GBR TEAM INEOS + 30:54
4 FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ + 37:24
8 FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE + 1h 08:46

P. And filling his Tour white paper with experiences of all kinds …

R. So it is so. I think that apart from Ullrich who won the Tour at the second and Alberto (Accountant) at 24, but it was his second … I don't want to compare with these cyclists, huh? I mean the Tour is another race, the Tour is the race (and accentuates the la). We are learning a lot. What happened to me on Saturday and Sunday in the Pyrenees I think is a normal thing, right?

P. Had he ever emptied so much at a stage that he could not recover the next day?

R. In my first round, in 2017, yes. I remember that in the second week I spent the whores, but then in the third I recovered a lot, and already on the last day, the stage of Alberto Angliru, was already better.

P. Do you feel that the Tour loves you?

P. For now I think the Tour has treated me quite well. I have to be very happy with what goes on Tour, apart from the blowout of the Pyrenees, we have a good Tour. And the team is awesome.

P. When the mountain days stay in the cave with the asses and the sprinters, do you hate the bicycle ?, do you hate the Tour ?, do you hate yourself?

R. I talked about it with Peter, with Sagan. When you go well and you feel strong, the bike is very pretty, isn't it, but the fucking days are not so pretty …

P. Do you ever think about what I am doing here, suffering like a dog?

R. When I burst and I was screwed I was thinking a little negatively, but when it was an hour already I said 'we will learn from what happened to me today', and also, when we were above one of the ports, Ivan came to my side ( García Cortina, a rodent and fast Asturian man who also debuts) and said to me, 'I know you're not bullshit but try to enjoy the sights, the people and the Tour …'

P. Lessons to suffer with dignity?

R. Yes, yes, and from there to the goal I tried to begin to delve a little with the people of the cave, to try to learn, to think a little about what had happened to me …

P. Were those in the rumpus hard, who were supposed to enjoy seeing one they hated among them because he threatened to leave them out of control when he was second in the Tour?

R. It was quite the opposite. Going up the last port, all of the general ones were going down, and they were all not encouraging me, but they looked at me and made a gesture like saying, come on, you're going to recover …

P. He says the Tour is the race … How would you define it?

R. I don't know how to say it … Yes, it's true that with the team we have been the leader with Alaphilippe for 11 days. And from day one we have had a lot of pressure. We carry 15 stages that have been 15 pressure stages. It has been 15 days in which we have gone to win the stage or defend the leadership every day. But I think I have to start living with it in case everything goes well in my career.

P. It is assumed that the days in which he succeeds he will like to see in the press the story of his glories … Did he dare to open the newspaper after his bad day?

R. I don't usually look, I usually have a cell phone full of messages and that, and I only talk to family and friends. And, honestly, on Sunday after the stage, I called the family and the girlfriend, and told them that I was leaving my cell phone, that we had three hours of bus to Nîmes and when we finished talking a little with the partners, I started Paper house on Netflix, and I traveled without thinking of where it came from at the time.

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