David Andrlé (October 26, 2000) is the sixth and last of the reinforcements incorporated into the Kometa Cycling Team sub23 for the 2020 season, when the sports structure is called Kometa-Xstra. The Czech is not the first cyclist of this nationality to compete in the teams of the Alberto Contador Foundation, since Jakub Pileček did it in the junior squad 2017.
David is the son of René Andrle, a professional cyclist between 1999 and 2008 who developed a good part of his sports career in Spain with teams Once and Liberty Seguros. “I have few memories of when my father was a professional cyclist. Since I was 4 years old he always took me to do sport. I started playing hockey, very popular in my country, and then I ended up switching to cycling, because it is a sport that I love. My father is always helping me to be a better runner, pointing out the mistakes I make, telling me how to correct them, and pointing out how elite riders do it”.
Questioned about the competition that most seduces him, either as a sportsman or as a spectator, the young Andrlé explains: “I really enjoy the great northern classics, the Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. And of course the Grand Tours are incredible, three weeks of hard cycling. However, the race that strikes me the most is the Milano-Sanremo. You never know if someone will attack on the climb to Poggio or if in the end there will be a sprint. I always find the race entertaining”.
The 2020 season will be David’s first experience in the Spanish squad. “Well, I don’t have any previous experience when it comes to competing in Spain. My father told me that races are very fast from start to finish, that there are always people willing to run away and that, unlike what is usual in the Czech Republic, the tests also have a lot more to offer; for example, there are long climbs, but there are also shorter and steeper climbs. I’m really looking forward to racing on Spanish soil”.
Andrlé continues with a journey that seeks to achieve professional cycling in the future and give continuity to a country where good riders have never lacked. These are good times for the sport of cycling in several countries in the area, with victories in major events and even stage races. Slovakian Peter Sagan or Slovenian Primoz Roglic are perhaps the great references of the moment. “In Eastern Europe there are many talented cyclists. We are not talking about the number of countries that are more typically cyclists such as Spain, France, Italy or Belgium. But in the Czech Republic there have been very good cyclists for a long time, such as Zdeněk Štybar, Petr Vakoč and Roman Kreuziger. Štybar and Vakoč are two riders with a classic profile, very strong, capable of winning. Kreuziger is a rider capable of leading a team on a great lap”.
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