LOOKING TO THE NORTH. Iván García Cortina hopes to bring the Movistar Team, in his second season with the Telefónica-backed squad’s jersey, to the top places in the cobbled classics, fighting for victory at races like the Ronde van Vlaanderen or, more importantly, Paris-Roubaix, the race he loves and admires the most. A great rouleur and a very nice sprinter, the Spaniard will aim at getting his first victories with the Abarca Sports organisation, ones he came close to last summer with some nice results at the Tour de France or the Tour de Suisse -4th-place stage finishes at both-.
VICTORIES AGAINST THE VERY BEST. Cortina left his mark in 2020 just before the outbreak of the COVID pandemic with a brilliant performance in Paris-Nice, where he won one of the race’s bunch sprint in La Châtre -against Sagan, Bol, Bouhanni or Nizzolo- and came 2nd just few days later, only behind attacker Niccolò Bonifazio. It was his second WorldTour success after a stage of the 2019 Tour of California, where he kept the pace of a short, 20-rider group before raising his arms victorious in Ventura.
NOT A CONVENTIONAL START. Even if he did ride in our country for most of his youth stage -a member of the prestigious Las Mestas feeder squads-, Iván always had in mind that the key for his development, being a type of rider not that usual in Spain, would only be found across the border. He signed, aged just 19, with the development squad of the current Deceuninck team, where he had a chance to race at events all over the continent, from Portugal to Slovakia, gathering experience, learning how to ride in the peloton, finetuning his technique and strategy skills (plus obtaining many good results and even his first UCI win, at the Polish event Course de Solidarnosc). When he took the step towards the WorldTour with Bahrain in 2017, he wasn’t only one of our most experienced riders abroad: he was also one of the best known athletes from Spain by his foreign rivals.
Years in team:
2021: Movistar Team 2017-2020: Bahrain 2015-2016: Klein Constantia
Tour d eCalifornia 2019
Course de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques 2016