Last Saturday (11), through social media and official websites, one of Eolo-Kometa’s coaches, Ivan Basso, denied rumors about new contract negotiations for next season with Miguel Ángel López. The coach reinforced that the team has no intention of signing the athlete.
Speculation about the cyclist’s return began to emerge during an event in the category, which was held in Colombia, between Saturday (11) and Sunday (12), where several media outlets, including Antena 2+, began to publicize that Miguel Ángel López would be talking to the team about making his return.
Reinforcing the idea that the rumors are false, Eolo-Kometa coach Ivan Basso reported that the possibility is not legitimate: “We all know that Miguel Ángel López is a very good pilot and a very strong climber, but he does not part of our plans and we never talk about him within the team.”
Previously, due to an investigation carried out by the International Testing Agency (ITA) amid Operation Ilex, organized by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Spanish Anti-Doping Organization (CELAD), reports revealed that the cyclist was involved in a “use and possession” scheme. ” of substances banned by the UCI.
Therefore, following the conclusion of Operation Ilex, Miguel Ángel López was provisionally suspended from any competition organized by the UCI. The investigation into the case also meant that the athlete’s contract with Astana Qazaqstan ended in 2022.