- Place: Mallorca
- Birth: 02/01/1984
- Country: ESP
- Height: 172 Cm
- Weight: 56 Kg
- Pro debut: 2015
- Years in team: 1
- Career path:
2018: Movistar Team
2018: Movistar Team
MADE HISTORY FOR THE MOVISTAR TEAM. Hers is our women’s team’s first ever victory. At the Trofeo de Ciclismo Villa de Noja, first round of the Spanish National Series, Mavi got onto the top step of the podium after magnificent control work from her team-mates led to a long-range attack from the Mallorca native. A special victory, not only because of being the first one, but also due to the crucial importance of a group’s labour together from the very beginning of every race.
SPANISH TT CHAMPION. While Eider Merino will always remain in history as the first Movistar rider to wear the red and yellow bands as Spanish road race champion, Mavi García will have the privilege of using them -at least until June- at time trials, thanks to her splendid performance in Vall d’Alba – just a month and a half after breaking her collarbone at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Silver and bronze were in turn conquered by team-mates Eider Merino and Alicia González, in yet another Blue show.
PUTS UP WITH PRESSURE AT TOP RACES. 16th at the 2016 Giro, then 11th in 2018; 5th at the 2017 Tour de l’Ardèche, then runner-up in 2018. Mavi copes very well with pressure at the most mountainous races in the calendar, those where she can really shine. And if it weren’t for her crash on stage six of last year’s French race, which took her out of the leading group including top rival Kasia Niewiadoma (CSR), the Balearic allrounder would have stood a really big chance of claiming the final pink jersey in Provence. In 2018, her first season fully focused on cycling, she’s taken a decisive step forward at top races, and found a group which supports, admires and needs her, all at the same time.
She astounded the leaders of what would be her first cycling team, Bizkaia-Durango, during a performance trial in Mallorca, which landed her into her first ever UCI cycling contract with the pink squad in 2015. Since then, her progression has been as much demanding (due to the adaptation process it takes to ride into a bunch) as quick and impressive: she’s won races in the Basque Torneo Euskaldun, the overall classification of the Spanish Cup in 2017, the GC of the Vuelta a Burgos or even the Spanish National road race Championship in 2016 -she became vice champion in both RR and TT races in 2017-, all of that before joining the Movistar Team.
She took up rhythmic and artistic gymnastics as a very young child; later on practiced figure skating from age 7 to 16; and then headed to track and field and ultimately duathlon, where she became a winner of practically everything: Spanish champion on long distance and mixed relays, vice European champion and silver medallist in the World Championships.
Until just over two years ago, she was working full-time on all kinds of duties for a hospitality machinery company in Mallorca. “I was taking my bike to work, profited from the lunch break to go on a two-hour ride, got back home, took shower, returned to work on the bike, and after getting off for the day I went for my running session. It was really stressful.” She started taking leaves at that work in 2016, and the evident consequences made her focus professionally on her sporting success.