Movistar and López issue apologies amid Vuelta a España controversy

Controversy at La Vuelta
Controversy at La Vuelta (Image credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The Movistar team have issued an apology after facing a barrage of criticism for their decision to ride hard on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España in the immediate aftermath of race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) coming down in a big crash. Fourth-placed Miguel Angel López (Astana), who was also involved in the crash, has himself apologised for his fierce criticism of Movistar and their leader Alejandro Valverde.

The crash occurred on a tight downhill some 65km from the finish in Toledo, with several riders on the deck, nursing wounds. It wasn't long before Movistar, who avoided the crash, significantly upped the pace in what was left in the peloton, leaving Roglic and Lopez with a frantic chase to get back to the front. 

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