David De La Cruz
David De La Cruz had a unique path to cycling. As a teenager he participated in other sports first, such as football, running, and swimming, and purchased a road bike simply to ride back-and-forth to his job every day. One day he had a puncture and needed the assistance of other riders along the road. He then asked if he could ride with them. His life changed after this moment, at about 18-years-old. Within two years of riding as an amateur, he became a professional. He earned his nickname “Mazoman” (Thor) when a mechanic instructed him to use a hammer to lower his saddle, but he didn’t have one, so he used his hand.
David loves cycling as a whole, including the “strict” life of professionals due to the obvious improvements that come with dedication and discipline. But he loves it the most because of the freedom. “I remember when I had my first bike. I didn’t have a car, and thanks to my bicycle I felt free. I could go anywhere I wanted. This is one of the best things. Your own body gives you the freedom to go anywhere.”
What are his thoughts after the first season with Etixx – Quick-Step? “Unfortunately, I crashed in the Tour de Pologne and broke my right collarbone, but inspite of that, I’m pretty happy with 2015, because I feel that I have improved a lot and my body became stronger. Another nice moment was completing the Giro d’Italia, where I also came in the top 10 of a stage. People got to see hints of my potential, and next year I’m prepared to show them even more who I am and what I can do.”
#Top-10 positions: 0
Race distance covered: 781 km
Days of racing: 6 days