GERMAN ‘SCHOOL’. Just like his new team-mate, Juri Hollmann, German Max Kanter cut his teeth on the banking. Several times national champion in the scratch race or the team pursuit as a junior / under-23 competitor, the Cottbus-born, Dresden-based rider completed a great second junior season -half a dozen international wins; a good impression in the Richmond Worlds-, which soon caught the attention of the Giant / Sunweb organisation, which already had him aboard as a trainee in 2016, his first UCI season.
HIGHS AND LOWS. As part of the Iwan Spekenbrink-led development squad, Max would obtain two consecutive German U23 road race titles, in 2017 and 2018, which, together with a plethora of good results within the ‘espoirs’ -a stage of the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir; 7th in the 2017 Bergen Worlds-, would open him the doors of the WorldTour outfit, aged just 21. It wasn’t an easy start in the WorldTour for Kanter, though, as the 2019 was overshadowed by physical problems (he barely rode about 25 racing days) – even if, fortunately, the best was yet to come for this young sprinter.
INSPIRING MOMENTS. Following the restart of the cycling calendar from the first wave of the pandemic, Max completed a great 18 months with DSM, coming several times close to a first pro win -two 2nd places in Czech Tour (2020); 4th in the Tour of Britain (2021)- and completing two Grand Tours: the 2021 Giro d’Italia and, more importantly, the 2020 La Vuelta, finishing twice 3rd in Aguilar and Madrid, against the likes to Pascal Ackermann or Sam Bennett. “At the Movistar Team, the person comes above anything else as a sportsman, they believe in you when things had not come your way in the past, and that’s why I hold so much faith and gratitude towards this group,” he explains.