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MADRID: Movistar’s Miguel Angel Lopez apologized for abandoning Vuelta a Espana during the penultimate stage on Saturday.
Lopez, who won Stage 18 on Thursday, started the day third overall and looked like a podium on Sunday before being caught by an attack from his rivals.
The Colombian, visibly frustrated, could not close the gap and crashed in the overall standings. Bahrain Victorious Duo Jack Haig and Gino Maeder as well as Adam Yates (Ineos) moved in front of him.
Bizarre scenes followed when Lopez got off his bike and gave up just over 20 km of the 202.2 km stage, despite attempts by Movistars Head of Performance Patxi Vila to get him back on two wheels.
“As most of you have seen, the split moment was a difficult situation that was difficult to resolve. We found ourselves in a difficult position as some of the best in the GC went ahead of us,” Lopez said in a statement above Movistar’s social media channels.
“I would like to apologize to my team-mates. We were a reduced group, only five left in La Vuelta, only three of which focused on team tasks, and they ride their hearts out for us, they give it 100%.” added the 27-year-old.
“I’ve decided to stop fighting in a battle that was as good as lost. Now I just want to say to the fans, sponsors and organizers of La Vuelta: I’m sorry about what happened.”