Miguel Ángel López will join Astana in 2022 after his contract is terminated by Movistar, the Kazakh team has confirmed.
López’s contract was cut short by the Spanish team after the Colombian decided he wanted to abandon Vuelta a España due to the absence of a group which ultimately decided the general classification in the last stage on race route.
It came after López had already written about a two-year contract extension ahead of the Vuelta, but the reaction to the vital division’s absence has taken a turn for the worse in the Spanish squad’s ranks.
Movistar rider Imanol Erviti revealed that he had tried and tried to bring López back saying: “I tried to convince him that he should do it for the commitment to the team, for his teammates who were there, and because he had also left the Tour de France, he would later regret it. “
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But in vain and López left the race and with him Movistar too.
López said in the Astana transfer announcement: “Coming back to the Astana squad is a homecoming. In the world of professional cycling, a rider who wants to keep moving forward sometimes has to change something in his or her life. career, gain new experience Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not.
“The main thing is that I come home to my team, the team that gave me so much and with which I am sure we can still have many wonderful moments. There is a lot of work to be done. for the new successful season for me and for the Astana Qazaqstan team. “
López spent six seasons at Astana before moving to Movistar, now signing a two-year contract to return to the Kazakhstan squad.
Astana General Manager Alexandr Vinokourov said: “Miguel Ángel López is a runner who has grown up and achieved his greatest successes in our team, so I am happy that after a short break he is making his comeback. in the Astana team.
“Over the past year, Miguel Ángel has gained some serious experience, which he may have missed in our team. I think this experience, both good and not so good, will help him to continue his development.
“López has proven that he is still one of the strongest riders in the world, continuing to win at the highest level, so it’s great that Miguel Ángel continues his career with the Astana Qazaqstan team.”