Lopez looking to impart wisdom

19 Oct 2017

Lopez looking to impart wisdom

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David Lopez is looking forward to passing his experience on to the new crop of Team Sky riders after extending his contract.

The 36 year old is heading into his sixth year with the team and he told TeamSky.com that he is relishing his role as one of the more experienced members of the squad.
David Lopez

David Lopez

Hopefully they will ask me to work with them, and teach them how we work as a team. It’s a good role.
He said: “At this point, I’m trying to continue at the same level, supporting the team. The team is always improving, there are good riders coming, and they always need some help.
 
“Next year we have a lot of new young riders so hopefully they will ask me to work with them, and teach them how we work as a team. It’s a good role.

“I enjoy it. I arrived in the team at the same time as [Ian] Boswell, and we grew together with the team. After five years together he told me he’d learnt some good things from me… It’s nice.
 
“I think it’s also good for younger guys when they see riders who have helped win the Tour or the Vuelta and then they are helping them in slightly smaller races.”

Lopez enjoyed a strong 2017 and capped it off by racing alongside the victorious Chris Froome at the Vuelta a Espana.
 
“The Vuelta was really good,” he continued. “Of course it’s always really good when you win. But all of the riders did a good job and the team was really happy with us at the end of a long season.
 
“It feels like a home race for me, too. I know most of the roads at the Vuelta - they don’t change so much. Also, some of the stages were close to where I live and I had a lot of friends and family come to visit.”
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Team Sky Coach Xabier Artetxe believes Lopez still has a key role to play, and pointed to his rides in a string of WorldTour races this year.
 
He explained: “David is still capable of delivering really good performances. He’s a solid rider and you can see that he performs better in hard, high level races like the Vuelta this year, Romandie, Dauphine etc. He really wanted to go the best races and play a key role and he can continue to do that next year.
 
“He has a lot of experience and he’s in the final years of his career. But some riders ride the final years of their career on WorldTour teams because they can share this experience with young riders and they almost become like a teacher.”
 
Another near neighbour of Lopez’s is new Team Sky signing Jonathan Castroviejo, and he’s excited about what the time trial specialist can add to the team.
 
Lopez said: “He lives really close to me and we train together a lot. Before he turned pro I knew him but, although we’ve ridden for similar teams, we only spent one year together at Movistar, so I’m happy that he’s come to the team.
 
“He will be very good in the time trial - I’m sure he will pick up some wins. He will be a really good helper for the team.” 
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