Marc Soler Photo
Place: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona
Birth: 22/11/1993
Country: Spain
Height: 186 Cm
Weight: 68 Kg
Pro debut: 2015
Years in team: 3
Career path:

2015-2017: Movistar Team

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Marc Soler

A BIG HOPE. Winner of the 2015 Tour de l’Avenir with 21 years of age, already in his first season as Movistar Team member, he’s since become arguably Spain’s biggest hopeful for tours big and small. Always drawing comparisons to Miguel Indurain due to his physical appearance and long-range, winning attacks as an amateur, his evolution has been visible since that Avenir success. A year later, in his second pro season, he won the Queen stage of the Route du Sud after working hard for his team-mate Nairo Quintana, prior to a fantastic one-two GC finish for them.

LEAP FORWARD IN 2017. The last season was a confirmation of his popularity and quality. He contested the win on the final stage of Paris-Nice against Alberto Contador; took 8th overall in a WorldTour stagerace, the Tour de Suisse; astonished the cycling world with a podium finish in the Volta a Catalunya, alongside Valverde and Contador; and again showed his courageous style -no less than six breaks- in his first Grand Tour experience: the Vuelta a España. His efficiency was valued by the Spanish Federation, which took him to a first elite Worlds road race in Bergen in September.

STILL TO POLISH. A great climber and a more-than-decent time trialist -he took bronze in the 2014 Spanish under-23 TT champs-, his ability to recover extremely well from long efforts gives hopes of a future talent for one or three-week stageraces, which Spain is certain to need once the big ones are nearly gone following a ‘golden era’.

 He discovered bike racing -both road and mountain- with 13 years old, but for the next four seasons he combined cycling with football, his other big passion -he’s an avid FC Barcelona fan–, a sport he had taken up before as a goalkeeper. At age 17, he took a decision to focus on the bike.

 At the beginning of his third amateur season with the Lizarte development team, Soler received an unexpected phone call from the man who would become his boss few months later: Eusebio Unzué. “We like your style – let’s see how you do this season,” were the words from the Movistar Team manager, who recruited him for the 2015 season onwards.

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Palmares

2 Victories as professional

1st (4. stage) Route du Sud 2016
1st Tour de l'Avenir 2015
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Results
2018

1 Days of Racing 50.6 Km covered

41th People's Choice Classic