Specialties and Strengths: Stage racing, one-day races
Samuel Sánchez is one of the most well-known Spanish cyclists thanks to his ongoing illustrious career. Sánchez, who will line up for his 18th year as a professional in 2017, may be a veteran of the peloton but he still brings the determination, enthusiasm, and most importantly, desire to win to every race.
Sánchez will forever be known for winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a moment he says will stay with him forever. In what is a rare case in modern cycling Sánchez spent the first fourteen years of his career with Spanish team Euskaltel-Euskadi, before joining BMC Racing Team in 2014. During his 17 years of racing Sánchez has recorded a string of impressive results including: Tour de France stage winner, 5 x stage winner at the Vuelta a Espana, 8 x stage winner of Vuelta al Pais Vasco and overall winner in 2012, winner of the 2010 Vuelta al Burgos and runner up at the 2010 Tour de France.
Out in the peloton Sánchez takes on the role of road captain, guiding the team, especially the young riders, and setting his teammates up for victory when he’s not going for it himself. At 38 years old, Sánchez attributes his desire to keep riding to one thing: passion.