NEW EXPECTATIONS. You could hardly close out a season better than Iván García Cortina did in 2022. The Gijón-born sprinter finally claimed his first victory in the Telefónica-backed squad’s jersey at the Italian race Gran Piemonte, with a sensational sprint at the end of a tough race with spits and echelons. It was the icing on top of an excellent late season, in symbiosis with the Movistar Team itself, showing again details -11th in the World Championships; 5th in Québec and the Coppa Bernocchi- of the fast finisher and talented one-day race everyone has always wishes to see in him. The excitement towards 2023, especially heading into those Northern classics he loves, is huge.
VICTORIES AGAINST THE VERY BEST. Cortina left his mark in 2020, few months before joining the Movistar Team, 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:
2021-22: Movistar Team 2017-20: Bahrain 2015-16: Klein Constantia
Gran Piemonte 2022
Tour d eCalifornia 2019
Course de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques 2016