Matteo Jorgenson is racing these days the Tour de Guangxi, his last race with Movistar Team. The American is in his fourth season in a structure that, according to him, is having a hard time adapting to the new cycling standards. In statements to the colleagues of Relevo his speech is curious: he goes from criticizing the media for criticizing the tactics and then harshly criticizes the team for not evolving.
It is curious that Matteo claims on the one hand that when he posted the Twitter thread a few months ago in which he explained that his sporting progression in 2023 was because he had invested his own money in improvements it was not a criticism of the Movistar Team.
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"No, not at all. Everything can be interpreted in every way, but it was not my intention at all. Each team has a budget 'x'. And from there, it's a question of each rider. If you're part of a team that can't provide you with certain things, it's up to you to take care of them. I didn't mean to criticize the team in this thread. I was just trying to answer the questions that many people were asking at the time about my progression, which seemed very fast compared to the previous year. I wanted to explain how I did it, and nothing more; but a lot of people thought I was criticizing Movistar."
We say that it is curious that he says it is not a criticism, because he is then asked if he would change anything in the way the team works and he is very clear:
"It all boils down to the fact that the hard core of the team is quite old. The people who form that hard core, who have been with the team the longest, have known a different kind of cycling than today. In the last 10 years, cycling has changed more than in the previous 50 years from what I've been able to learn from talking to riders and directors. The team is having a hard time adapting to the new standards of cycling: the way we race, the way we prepare ourselves..."
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Jorgenson gives the example of Patxi Vila, who has already left the structure, stating that he tried to change things and could not:
"I've seen people try to change this, but it's difficult and it takes a lot of time, and convincing a lot of people, and having very tough conversations. For example, Patxi Vila has spent four years in the team, basically trying to change things. And, in four years, very little has really changed in the way he wanted it to change. And that's because the team has been around for a long time.
In the end, the American got involved in his response to Relevo, stating that changing and not changing at the same time is both positive and negative. He realized how much he was giving the team that made him a professional and wanted to cut down a bit:
"Which is also a good thing, because it means they have certain values and certain reasons for how they do things, and that's why the team has survived so long: they don't get carried away by trends. But when you've been going for so long, it's hard to change people's opinions and views. So, ultimately, it's a human problem. A problem of trying to change people's mindset, which is a very difficult thing to do."