David De La Cruz had a unique path to cycling. As a teenager he tried other sports at 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.”
His second season with the team was one he’ll always remember, as the Spaniard stepped up a level and proved why Quick-Step Floors Cycling had put its faith in him when taking him aboard in 2015. An unforgettable stage win at the Vuelta a España and a stint in the red jersey were the highlights of the year for David – the only home rider to have his name written on the winners’ sheet at the third Grand Tour of 2016 – who will head with renewed confidence into his third season with the squad.
#Top-10 positions: 7
Race distance covered: 2725 km
Days of racing: 19 days