- Place: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona
- Birth: 22/11/1993
- Country: ESP
- Height: 186 Cm
- Weight: 68 Kg
- Pro debut: 2015
- Years in team: 5
- Career path:
2015-2019: Movistar Team
2015-2019: Movistar Team
A BIG CHANCE. In his sixth pro season -always a member of the Movistar Team, which will have him on board at least through the end of 2021-, Catalan Marc Soler will be facing the crucial point of his career, the moment he’s got to show everything that he’s got inside. One-week stageraces and even Grand Tours -as shown with his ninth-place finish in the 2019 La Vuelta, despite playing a support role to his leaders- will be the objectives for this courageous allrounder, who has followed all steps needed to excel in the highest tier of cycling.
ALWAYS FORWARD. Winner of the 2015 Tour de l’Avenir with 21 years of age, already in his first season as Movistar Team member, he’s since become arguably Spain’s biggest hopeful for tours big and small. Always drawing comparisons to Miguel Indurain due to his physical appearance and long-range, winning attacks as an amateur, his evolution has been visible since that Avenir success. A year later, in his second pro season, he won the Queen stage of the Route du Sud and took 2nd overall. In 2017, he finished on the podium in Catalunya and took a top-ten finish in the Tour de Suisse. In 2018, he claimed his biggest win to date, Paris-Nice, with an attack more than 50km from the finish on the final day of racing. And in the last two years, he’s shown details of his impressive quality at both the Tour and the Vuelta.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME. The best definition about his endless talent came from a legendary team-mate, no less than former World Champion Alejandro Valverde: “Soler is going to win whatever he wants to.” A great climber and a more-than-decent time trialist, his ability to recover extremely well from long efforts gives hopes of a future talent for stageraces.
He discovered bike racing -both road and mountain- with 13 years old, but for the next four seasons he combined cycling with football, his other big passion -he’s an avid FC Barcelona fan–, a sport he had taken up before as a goalkeeper. At age 17, he took a decision to focus on the bike.
At the beginning of his third amateur season with the Lizarte development team, Soler received an unexpected phone call from the man who would become his boss few months later: Eusebio Unzué. “We like your style – let’s see how you do this season,” were the words from the Movistar Team manager, who recruited him for the 2015 season onwards.