Soler shines as Movistar get their confidence back at Vuelta a España

LEKUNBERRI SPAIN OCTOBER 21 Imanol Erviti of Spain and Movistar Team Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and Movistar Team Carlos Verona Quintanilla of Spain and Movistar Team during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 2 a 1516km stage from Pamplona to Lekunberri lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 21 2020 in Lekunberri Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Imanol Erviti and Marc Soler of Movistar drive pace at front of peloton on stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

What a difference a year makes. In the first week of the 2019 Vuelta a España, Marc Soler violently waved his arm in the air in a notorious act of public protest against his team direceurs, who’d called him back for general classification leader Nairo Quintana when he was alone out front with 3km to go.

Wednesday on stage 2 of the 2020 Vuelta a España, Soler let rip with another swing of the arm, but this time it was on the finish line, and this time it was in celebration.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.