EARLY DETAILS. A neo-pro in 2017, after a brilliant amateur stage in the Lizarte squad, Carretero completed a nice maiden season with the Blues, with a strong outing in Plouay, four Monument appearances (San Remo, De Ronde, Roubaix, Lombardia) and caps with the Spanish national team at both the Worlds (U23) and Euro Champs (elite). A 2018 of further adaptation to the big leagues for the Albacete rider, always a Movistar Team member, left room to a real breakthrough in 2019.
THE GREATS ON HIS LAPS. The Madrigueras native’s best pro race to date was undoubtedly his debut in a Grand Tour, the 2019 Giro d’Italia. He worked with enormous commitment for the team’s GC success, offering huge moments of sacrifice, such as his turns at the front through the Mortirolo with the ‘Maglia Rosa’ on his wheel. A maiden GT which still helps him remain motivated and, hopefully, continue taking steps forward.
MADE FOR ITALY. That country seems like the one where Héctor’s destined to show his true colours. At the 2020 Milano-Sanremo, he spent more than 200km into the early breakaway; at Tirreno-Adriatico, he shone again by winning the KOM jersey with several consecutive escapes; and at his second Giro d’Italia appearance, he continued with his courageous style with more breaks than any other Movistar Team rider. His youth and combative spirit should help him reach new heights in 2021.
Well aware of the need to taking care of grassroots cycling, Héctor gave his name in late 2019 to the Escuela CPC Albacete, the cycling school where he started his career, which supports kids 7 to 14 years oldaños.
- On the attack at the 2020 Giro d’Italia.
- Won the 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico KOM jersey.
- Into the breakaway of the 2020 Milano-Sanremo.
- Supporting Alejandro Valverde.