The long-awaited third series of Movistar‘s ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary, El Día Menos Pensado (The Least Expected Day’) reveals a wealth of inside details on Colombian star Miguel Ángel López and his exit from the squad after a hugely controversial decision to abandon the 2021 Vuelta a España.

The winner of the Vuelta’s toughest mountain stage to El Gamoniteiru just a few days earlier, López was lying third overall on the second last stage of the Vuelta when he opted to quit.

López had attempted to chase down a move containing rivals for his podium position as well as Movistar co-leader Enric Mas, second overall, during the last part of the hilly stage through Galicia. But as his chase quickly grew increasingly fruitless, (although the strength of that argument remains clear) he was ordered to stop by the team sports management.

Furious at the decision, López quit the race and then left the team altogether a few weeks later. He subsequently re-signed with his previous squad, Astana Qazaqstan.


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