“Cycling for me is a passion. It’s a job that comes easy. I hear of riders who do not like the bike, but it’s the opposite for me. My happiest morning is when I wake up knowing I have to ride my bike for six hours.”
Dani Martinez is part of the wave of Colombian riders making an impact in Europe. Despite the depth and the variety of his talent and his contagious smile, Dani has managed to fly largely under the radar compared to his compatriots. His determination coupled with his accelerated progression attracted the attention of EF Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters, who signed him ahead of the 2018 season.
A crafty climber, Daniel is also skilled against the clock. He’s shown promise in one-day races and week-long stage races. His versatile skill set suggests he has a future as a Grand Tour contender.
Dani forged his own pathway as as a 19-year-old racing for Willier Triestina-Sella Italia in 2016-2017. He learned Italian, adopted to life in Europe, found success in smaller races and gained experience in the WorldTour with starts in race like the Giro d’Italia and Il Lombardia.
He made a fast adjustment to life in #PinkArgyle. He started the 2018 season with a silver medal in the time trial in Colombia’s National Championships, finished third at the Tour of California, won the Colorado Classic youth classification and rounded out the top five at home tour Oro y Paz.
Dani fulfilled a childhood dream when he started the 2018 Tour de France during his first season with EF Education First. Even better? His assigned task was to protect his childhood hero Rigoberto Uràn. His stage four save, handing off his race bike to Uràn immediately in the wake of a late race crash, was captured by Velon in-race on-bike cameras, affording him boosted popularity.
His dedication extends beyond the bike. Dani is also working hard to improve his English skills by studying with EF English Live, the world’s largest online language school that EF launched with the help of Apple in the 1990s.