“It’s with great pride that I will carry the flag of Colombia on my chest all over the world.”
Dani Martinez added to the EF Education First Pro Cycling Team win tally on Friday when he took out the Colombian national time trial title. The 22-year-old covered the 28 kilometer course with an average speed of 47.417 kilometer per hour.
“It was a time trial with a climb at the end,” said Martinez. “It favored me.”
Martinez’s winning time of 35:41 proved 35-seconds faster than Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and 1’29 faster than defending champion Egan Bernal (Sky).
“Those are big time gaps. Really big,” said team founder Jonathan Vaughters. “It was more of a statement than a win.”
“Dani is an incredible talent,” said Vaughters. “We’re lucky to have him on this team. Today was just a tiny glimpse of what’s to come. He’s got the right physical and psychological tools to be a great champion in this sport.”
Beyond innate talent, the result is a product of a dedicated effort to improve Martinez’s time trialling ahead of the 2019 season.
“We worked a lot with Dani this winter on improving aerodynamics,” said Vaughters. “Cannondale, Vision, Vittoria and FSA have all been busy beavers in refining their aerodynamics, too, and today was the first evidence of all that work.”
“The preparation has been very good leading up to today,” said Martinez. “We have worked very hard to be ready. Everything went well today, and the sensations were good.”
For the rest of the year, Martinez will trade his pink and purple oil slick Rapha skinsuit for one of his national colors.
“It’s with great pride that I will carry the flag of Colombia on my chest all over the world,” said Martinez.
The Colombian National Championships continue on the weekend. Martinez will line up with Rigoberto Uran in Sunday’s road race.
“We will wait to plan until we know the strategies of our rivals,” said Martinez. “We will want to make the most of their work.”
Martinez’s victory is our third in four days. Read about our latest win out of Australia here.