HOPING FOR GOOD HEALTH AND LUCK. Very few men in the highest level of professional cycling have been inflicted the blows Enric Mas has sustained over the last two seasons. In 2022, several crashes at Tirreno, Itzulia and Dauphiné hampered his performance in the Tour de France, which he ultimately had to abandon with covid. And despite bouncing back quickly and finding arguably the best legs of his career -2nd overall, and quickest in the mountains, in La Vuelta, followed by a stellar Giro dell’Emilia win and 2nd in Il Lombardia-, luck turned its back on the Artà native again in the crucial moment of 2023. He crashed out of the TDF on day one, thus starting a recovery process towards La Vuelta -6th- and again ending the season as if he was seemingly at his best, 4th in Bologna. He really deserves to have things coming his way in 2024.
TOP-LEVEL WINS. Other than his three podiums in La Vuelta, and fifth- (2020) and sixth-place (2021) GC finishes in the TDF, Enric has already some prestigious wins to his palmarès, in the Itzulia -he won in no less than the Santuario de Arrate, in his Deceuninck years-, the Tour of Guangxi -took GC honours at the 2019 race- or the Vuelta a España, beating all race contenders atop La Gallina en route to his first second-place finish. Before the 2022 Giro dell’Emilia, he opened his Movistar Team account at the Queen stage of the 2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
THE BEST SCHOOLS. Mas’s class and quality cannot be talked through without mentioning the two structures which saw him grow before taking the WT leap. At the Fundación Alberto Contador -whose famous backer doesn’t doubt one bit about mentioning Mas as the biggest Spanish prospect-, the Mallorca native honed in on his racecraft before jumping into Patrick Lefévère’s boat: first with its development team -Klein Constantia-, then with now-called Soudal – Quick Step.
Years in team:
2020-23: Movistar Team 2017-19: Deceuninck – Quick Step 2016: Klein Constantia