Portrait ofIván García Cortina
Place: Gijón, Asturias
Birth: 20/11/1995
Country: ESP
Height: 183 Cm
Weight: 77 Kg
Pro debut: 2015
Career path:

2017-2020: Bahrain
2015-2016: Klein Constantia

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Iván García Cortina

The dream of the big classics

LOOKING TO THE NORTH. Iván García Cortina brings the Movistar Team into a dream many members of this organisation have shared for years: seeing a member of this group, normally absent in 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 joins the Telefónica-backed squad at a moment when his legs, together with those of Jacobs, Hollmann, Norsgaard or Cullaigh -as well as experts like road captain Imanol Erviti-, finally give the Blues an opportunity to build a strong block for such events.

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.

Few weeks after the COVID restrictions from the 2020 spring lockdown were lifted, Iván took a chance to cover, in just two sittings, all roads of the Principality of Andorra (where he lives) as sort of a personal challenge. 367 kilometers, more than 11,000 meters of vertical gain, 16 hours on the road – truly crazy stuff, as well as a celebration of his love for bikes.

Another proof that Cortina really likes anything that’s got two wheels was his win, back in 2017, at a Red Hook Criterium in Milan, one of those popular fixed-bike races which have taken athletes around the world into the most picturesque urban circuit. The women’s race also featured his fiancée, Carla. Here’s an in-detail story on how Iván got to race at such an event.

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Palmares

3 Victories as professional

1st (3rd stage) Paris-Nice 2020
1st (5th stage) Tour d eCalifornia 2019
1st (4th stage) Course de Solidarnosc et des Champions Olympiques 2016
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Results
2021

61 Days of Racing
9622.6 Km covered

4th (2nd stage) Tour de Suisse
4th (13th stage) Tour de France
6th Eschborn-Frankfurt
7th (3rd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
9th (1st stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
11th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
12th (10th stage) Tour de France
12th (21th stage) Tour de France
14th (1st stage) Tour de Suisse
17th (4th stage) Benelux Tour
17th (7th stage) Tour de Pologne
18th (3rd stage) Benelux Tour
18th Gent-Wevelgem
20th (6th stage) Tour de France
20th (4th stage) Tour de France
22th (3rd stage) Tour de Pologne
23th Ronde van Vlaanderen
23th (4th stage) Tour de Suisse
23th (1st stage) Tour de Pologne
27th Paris-Roubaix
27th Dwars door Vlaanderen
27th E3 Harelbeke Classic
29th Strade Bianche
30th Milano-Sanremo
31th (19th stage) Tour de France
33th Tour de Suisse
33th (8th stage) Tour de Suisse
35th (1st stage) Benelux Tour
37th (1st stage) Tour de France
38th (3rd stage) Tour de France
40th (3rd stage) Tour de Suisse
44th (6th stage) Tour de Suisse
50th (7th stage) Tour de Suisse
56th (7th stage) Tour de France
59th (6th stage) Benelux Tour
60th Clásica de Almería
66th (5th stage) Benelux Tour
70th (5th stage) Tour de Suisse
71th (16th stage) Tour de France
79th (2nd stage) Tour de France
81th (12th stage) Tour de France
81th (18th stage) Tour de France
92th (8th stage) Tour de France
93th (20th stage) Tour de France
94th Tour de France
95th (2nd stage) Benelux Tour
96th Tour de Pologne
96th (6th stage) Tour de Pologne
100th (5th stage) Tour de Pologne
101th (15th stage) Tour de France
102th (2nd stage) Tour de Pologne
109th (2nd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
112th (14th stage) Tour de France
113th (17th stage) Tour de France
124th (9th stage) Tour de France
132th (5th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
136th (5th stage) Tour de France
136th (4th stage) Tour de Pologne
150th (11th stage) Tour de France
167th (4th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico