Miguel Ángel López: 'I thought about quitting cycling'

The Colombian eyes a first Grand Tour overall success after switching to Movistar for 2021

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Miguel Ángel López says he has considered quitting cycling as a professional due to the pressures and sacrifice involved, particularly as a leader of a team.

The Colombian star pointed to Tom Dumoulin's situation when speaking to El Tiempo in an interview. Giro d'Italia winner Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) took indefinite unpaid leave from cycling earlier this year due to the pressures and expectations on him, saying he needed to take a break to decide if he still wanted to be a professional cyclist or not.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).