Movistar will say goodbye to Miguel Ángel López on October 1.

The Spanish formation has terminated the Colombian's ongoing contract on Saturday after his controversial resignation in the Vuelta a España.

27-year-old López gave up angrily at the beginning of this month in the last mountain stage of the Vuelta a España when he was more than five minutes behind the favorites group.

He lost his third place in the general classification.

According to his coach and father-in-law Rafaël Acevedo, López would have been told by his sports director that he had to stop chasing the group of favorites, so that Movistar leader Enric Mas could gain more time on Egan Bernal.

Bernal rode in López's group.

'Superman' then squeezed the brakes and sat in the team manager's car for ten minutes.

Sports director Francisco Vila and his teammate Imañol Erviti initially convinced him to continue, but López gave up definitively not much later and did not cross the line anymore.

Lopez apologized afterwards, but that did not stop Movistar from terminating the contract until 2023 on October 1.

The classification rider only drove one season for the Spanish WorldTour team, after he came over from Astana at the beginning of this year.

In the service of Movistar, López won four races, including the eighteenth stage in the Vuelta.

That was already his third stage win in the Vuelta a España.

He previously won a stage in the Tour de France (2020) and finished third in both the Giro d'Italia (2018) and the Vuelta (2018).

It is not yet clear where his future lies.

Miguel ngel López has to leave Movistar.

Miguel ngel López has to leave Movistar.

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