Tipped New Spurs Manager Shows Off Staying Power

Madrid based football boss tipped to take over at Premiership side Spurs has shown off his astonishing stamina in a gruelling 400-mile cycle event.

Former Spanish national coach Luis Enrique, 52, has completed the Cape Epic in South Africa, widely acknowledged as the world’s toughest bike race.

The eight-day mountain bike mega-marathon winds through the country’s rugged Western Cape for more than 430 miles.

Enrique showed off his new silverware when he posted a picture of his Finisher Club medal marked ‘3 Finishes’ on Instagram.

The superfit former Real Madrid and FC Barcelona legend – who has nearly 660,000 followers – captioned it: “No one takes this away from me! Very Happy!”

He also showed off a snap of his hard-worked legs looking tanned with the veins pumped up.

Enrique wrote: “That’s how your legs look like after eight days of cycling. 659 kilometres, 15,500 metres of altitude.”

Former Spain coach, Luis Enrique, poses in an undated photo. Enrique finished the Absa Cape Epic, the toughest Mountain Bike event in the world, for the third time, on Sunday, Mar. 26, 2023. (@luisenrique_2121/Newsflash)

The football boss has previously competed in the event in 2013 and 2018.

In this year’s race, Enrique and his teammate Tomas Latorre reached 316th place in the overall rankings against fell-time professionals and fanatical amateurs.

The former attacking midfielder quit as Spain’s head coach after the penalty shootout defeat by Morocco at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

He is reportedly on the shortlist of club bosses to take over at Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Italian Antonio Conte.

Enrique is also being eyed up as a possible replacement for Pep Guardiola if he quits Manchester City,

Earlier this week, Enrique told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser: “I would like to go to England to work, but I don’t see myself in the Premier League in July.

“I would like to go to a team there that can do important things with and that is very difficult.

“I have had offers from national teams but not from clubs.

“It would have to be a very important team to take it, although it would be very difficult for me to face Spain. I don’t know if I would be ready.

“I don’t see myself coaching Brazil. They haven’t called me and I don’t know if my style fits them best.”

Enrique retired as a player in 2004.

Between 1991 and 2002, he earned 61 caps for Spain.

The versatile attacking midfielder – who was also deployed as a striker – is one of the few footballers who succeeded at both of La Liga’s big rivals, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.