A MAN FOR ALL TERRAINS. Sergio Samitier is even more of an allrounder than one could extract from just looking at his results, and his breakaway appearances, throughout his first four pro seasons. He’s a really strong climber, but also a very decent time trialist. As part of the Movistar Team, he shares teams with a ‘neighbor’ who came into this project showing the same good signs: Jorge Arcas. The two make for the 40% of cycling pros from the Huesca province, the list completed by Fernando Barceló (Caja Rural), Jaime Castrillo (Kern Pharma) and Martí Vigo (Drone Hopper). He represents his home area both outside its confines and inside, as vice president of his local cycling club in Barbastro.
MURIAS SPIRIT + ‘CARÁCTER LIZARTE’. Always leaving their mark, seeking for the maximum performance and leaving leaving a stone unturned. Those were some of the values the Murias squad always pursued, a character ‘Sami’ showed in his early pro stage -won the KOM jersey at the 2019 Tour of the Alps, joined several breakaways in the Vuelta a España, his first-ever Grand Tour-. Prior to that, he conquered some of the best Spanish amateur races as part of the Equipo Lizarte, such as the Santikutz Klasika, the Vuelta al Bidasoa or the Subida a Gorla.
SENSATION. His 2020 Giro d’Italia was brilliant. Initially working for Antonio Pedrero, ‘Sami’ got himself up to 13th overall with excellent performances, doing well in the mountains and joining several breakaways where he showed impressive potential. And above that, he became the heart of the group, his affable spirit earning him love and support from every single team-mate. In 2021, several circumstances kept him away from the Grand Tours -he was the first reserve rider for the Tour de France-, yet he didn’t stop making efforts: completed several strong breakaways in the Tour de Suisse, led the team to 6th overall at the Setmana Italiana and earned a new, three-year contract that will see him as part of the Abarca Sports organisation until the end of 2024.