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De La Cruz

182 cm
66 kg

David's biography

Prof. since: 2011
Victories: -
Style of rider: Climber, Allrounder
Mazoman (Thor)
Favourite race: Volta a Catalunya, Tour of California
Personal website:
Twitter name: @delacruz_sbd

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 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!

De La Cruz 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 because of my bicycle I felt freedom. I could go anywhere I want. This is one of the best things. Your own body gives you the freedom to go anywhere. The the store, the mountains, anything."

De La Cruz arrived at Etixx- Quick-Step because he considers it to be the best team in the world. “I always thought when a team like this wanted me, it is the top of your professional career. When I got a call from Patrick Lefevere saying he was interested in me, I was the happiest person in the world.”

Stats 2015

UCI Ranking:
#Wins: (More info)
#Top-10 positions: 5 (More info)
Race distance covered: 10073.7 km
Days of racing: 66 days


Santos Tour Down Under 812.3 km 6 days
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 174 km 1 days
Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia 198.1 km 1 days
Clasica de Almeria 183.3 km 1 days
Classic Sud Ardèche - Souvenir Francis Delpech 99 km 1 days
La Drome Classic 201 km 1 days
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 1238.1 km 7 days
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 844.8 km 6 days
Tour de Romandie 711.7 km 6 days
Giro d'Italia 3502 km 21 days
Critérium du Dauphiné 1213 km 8 days
Tour de Pologne 195 km 2 days
Vuelta a Espana 701.4 km 5 days
Total 10073.7 km 66 days

David's previous teams

2015: Etixx - Quick Step (WT)
2014: Team NetApp – Endura (PCT)
2013: Team NetApp – Endura (PCT)
2012: Caja Rural (PCT)

David's news

Etixx - Quick-Step rider David De La Cruz finished 24th (+2'02") in a difficult, 161km Stage 5 of Critérium du Dauphiné on Thursday. De La Cruz maintained contact with a drastically reduced peloton in the high mountains, as the group became smaller kilometer-by-kilometer due to a high tempo set by Team Sky. 

Etixx - Quick-Step rider David De La Cruz finished 6th out of an original 12-rider escape group that decided the 170km 18th Stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, from Melide to Verbania. De La Cruz tried his best to chase down a solo Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), who attacked inside 20km to go in the stage. However, the advantage was too big and the Belgian rider crossed the finish line alone as the winner. Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani - CSF) finished 2nd as a lone chaser, and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) was 3rd out of the De La Cruz chase group.

The 174km Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race victory of Gianni Meersman was a combination of masterful tactics and a fantastic sprint by the Belgian rider in the one-day race in Geelong on Sunday.

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