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Fernando Gaviria must leave UAE: “His work ethic must change” | cycling

Fernando Gaviria broke through at the Quick Step of Patrick Lefevere between 2016 and 2018.

The Colombian won stages in the Giro and the Tour, but at the end of 2018 was tempted by (the money from) UAE Emirates.

Gaviria was able to make a financial impact and found Joxean Fernandez Matxin in the Emirates, the former scout with Lefevere’s team.

But Gaviria could by no means meet the high expectations and his solid salary, although he was one of the biggest corona victims in the peloton.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of positive tests can no longer be counted on one hand and Gaviria won only once in 2021 and twice in 2022.

There is no contract extension. What’s more, Gaviria has received a big wash from his team manager.

“He’s a super talent and I think one of the fastest sprinters in the world, but for his work ethic I give him a 5 or 6,” Matxin explains to VeloNews.

“He starts a course with a level of 8 (out of 10), while his teammates reach 9, 10, 11 or even 12 thanks to their professional attitude in training.”

“Gaviria needs to change his mentality and do something about his motivation. I know him from Quick Step, but something really has to happen.”

Gaviria is linked to Movistar, at UAE – which already attracted Adam Yates and Tim Wellens – Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) is also quoted, although Matxin does not want to confirm that rumor.

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