Movistar signs U23 Spanish champion Sara Martin
Sep 24 2020 07:03 am CET

Movistar signs U23 Spanish champion Sara Martin
Movistar signs U23 Spanish champion Sara Martin
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Movistar has announced the signing of Sara Martin for the 2021 season and for the next two years.

The 21-year-old Spanish rider has been part of Sopela Women's Team since 2018 and on the last Championships of the country, she took both U23 titles, in the road race and the individual time trial. And in the Elite competition, Martin finished second in the fight against the clock, ahead of future teammate Sheyla Gutierrez.

"It’s really exciting for me to take this step forward," said the rider. "Already taking the step from junior to a UCI elite team with Sopela, where some of my references, the Spanish riders who were taking the step towards the Movistar Team, were cutting their teeth, was really important. Now, having the chance to join them in the WorldTour, sharing teams with them, or even with world-class athletes such as Annemiek van Vleuten, is such a big opportunity for me. Ever since I took the step towards full-time cycling I’ve been progressing every year, and this leap forward will be huge for my career.

"I hope to be able to support the team wherever I’m needed, learn as much as possible and squeeze every bit of experience from every team-mate I come across. Riding the best events in the world will help me progress from a technical and tactical standpoint, which is the thing I’m looking forward to improving the most, even if I’m aware it’s still a long way for me towards my best physical level. I’ve always given great importance to my Chemistry studies, looking towards the future, and balancing them with professional sport requires focus and discipline – which has also helped me with cycling. I’m quite exigent with myself and I want to give my best for the team from the very start, and once I finish my studies, progress even more as a rider and person. All in all, ‘giving it your all’ (my motto) in everything."

Martin is the third signing for Movistar ahead of the 2021 season, after Emma Norsgaard and Annemiek van Vleuten were already confirmed.



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