A HUGE DISCOVERY. As much spectacular as the performances offered by young Spaniard Sara Martín during 2021 is the potential still in her pockets for the upcoming years. An impressive, all-around talent -a strong time trialist and a solid climber, with attacking spirit and huge tactical intelligence-, the rider from Aranda de Duero, Burgos, surprised the world already from her first top-ranked races last year -the Ardennes in April, then the Navarra classics in May-, to the point of earning praise from Annemiek van Vleuten herself with a sentence which perfectly defines Sara’s last year, and which has somewhat become a meme on social media: “Sara ingested a moto!”
A YEAR OF CONTRAST. Having completed her degree in Chemistry at the Valladolid University in the autumn of 2021, Martín went through several highs and lows during her first WorldTour season. The double podium -again vice national ITT champion; 3rd in the road race- at the Spanish Champs, or her 7th place in only her second race with the Blues, Mouscron, were overshadowed by a serious crash on stage one of her home stagerace, the Vuelta a Burgos. The incident caused her several wounds and required many stitches, which are, happily, now barely visible. That crash also hampered her condition to some point during the second half of the year, yet she was still able to make her Giro debut -she completed it, despite enormous suffering- and be back to the Worlds (Flanders, elite) and Euro Champs (Trento, under-23).
FROM SNEAKERS TO CLEATS. She took up cycle racing at 14 years of age as an extra tool to improve in one of the sports she practised as a young woman: triathlon, a discipline she got to after trying track and field and duathlon. Her excellent raw abilities soon led her to becoming a huge factor in the junior peloton -Spanish national champion- and even winning her first race as an under-23 competitor, an event of the Torneo Euskaldun in Eibar, in 2018. The steps she took from there were always firm, with plenty of international experience -five consecutive Euro Champs appearances since 2016 with the Spanish national team; several UCI competitions with both her trade team and national squad- and many good results, including half a dozen victories -and an impressive 2020 Spanish Champs, 2nd in the ITT and 5th in the road race- with the organisation she was always part of as a cyclist before the Movistar Team: the SD Ugeraga / Sopela Women’s Team.
2021: Movistar Team
2018-20: Sopela Women’s Team