The Catalan rider Álex Martín will make his professional debut next season with EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. With the Barcelona rider, who like the Andalusian David Martín promotes from the U23 squad of the Contador Foundation, the team closes the composition of his squad for his second adventure in the ProTeam category. Martín (25 January 2000) is a rider with a climbing profile who this season has won the final general classification of the Volta a Galicia and finished sixth in the Giro Ciclístico della Valle d’Aosta.
“It was never clear to me that this opportunity would come my way. When Ivan Basso and Fran Contador told me their decision, it was an incredible moment. That also helped me to ride without any pressure”, says the youngster from Premià de Mar.
With this signing, for two seasons, Martin consummates his passage through all the sports structures that make up the Contador Foundation, whose discipline he entered through the Selection Campus held in Zaragoza in September 2017, coming from the Club Ciclista Mollet. In the junior team, he won the overall of the Tour de l’Ain, in France, as well as the prestigious Vuelta a Talavera and Vuelta al Besaya. In the U23 team, where he has remained for three seasons, he has had great performances such as his stage victory in the Volta a la Provincia de Valencia 2020 or his triumph in the Volta a Galicia overall.
Martín is the third cyclist, after Alejandro Ropero and Sergio García, to pass through all levels. Both the rider from Granada and the rider from Cadiz will now be his teammates in the EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team. The Catalan has also competed with Alessandro Fancellu, with Arturo Grávalos and with the recently signed David Martín.
“It is really nice to look back and see how you have gone through all the categories, consuming stages, maturing athletically and mentally, developing your qualities. Within the Foundation we have had great help, with the support of people with a lot of experience in this sport and we have had the means to be able to develop. Personally, I never noticed a big change in the jump from one category to another, except in terms of resources, which always increases; at all times we had all the support and a very good atmosphere, very close”, he says.
What does Álex Martín expect from this first season? “Above all, I hope to adapt to the category as quickly and as well as possible and to give the team everything I can. I have managed to fulfil a dream, to reach the professional field, but I have to keep improving to have a long and successful career. For me it is a privilege to be able to make a living from something that is my passion. It is very difficult to turn your passion into your job and I have a great opportunity. Cycling is not a rosy world, you have to work very, very hard, but it’s my passion! I honestly haven’t thought anything about results. There’s a lot of work to do and I’ve only just arrived. A good place in a mountain stage is more realistic”.
[ A. Pederiva / Trofeo Piva (1), Álvaro García / Volta a Galicia (2), girovalledaosta.it (3)]