Miguel Angel Lopez is reportedly leaving Astana at the end of 2020. He will end his six years of service with the team from Kazakhstan. Not yet known where the port of the latest career of the racer nicknamed the superman.
Superman Lopez looks quite impressive this year. The 26-year rider won stage 17 in the Tour de France 2020. He ranked sixth in the general classification in the event racing terakbar in the world. As a side note, this is his TdF debut.
After completing three grueling weeks in France, Superman Lopez will strengthen the Colombian team at the world championship road race in Imola, Italy this weekend. Then he will compete in the Giro d’Italia to support Jakob Fuglsang in the competition to become champion.
According to media reports from Kazakhstan Prosports , the 2020 Giro will be Superman Lopez’s last race with Astana. After that, the racer born in Pesca, Colombia will start a new adventure after his contract at Astana expires at the end of 2020.
Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov confirmed that the Giro will be Superman Lopez’s last race for Astana. Budget restrictions make it difficult for them to retain one of their best riders in the 2021 season and beyond.
Superman Lopez has been with Astana since 2015. He’s done well. He has topped the young rider classification at the 2018 and 2019 Giro, as well as in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. He has also won a number of races such as the 2016 Tour de Suisse, Milano – Torino 2016 and the 2019 Volta a Catalunya.
He is also among the 20 highest-paid drivers in the world according to French newspaper L’Equipe . For a fee of 1.5 million Euros, Superman Lopez is the highest paid racer in Astana.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic caused Astana to experience financial difficulties. The team cut the salaries of drivers and staff by 30 percent in April. A month earlier there were reports that the salary for the start of the season had been delayed.