Ex MTB champ Martinez to return as a roadie
Just 14 months after his retirement, Olympic and former world champion mountain biker Miguel Martinez has announced his comeback to the sport.
But while the Frenchman will contest selected off-road event events next season, his main focus will be on road racing. A contract with the Amore e Vita team which holds a UCI Continental licence will enable him to take part in Pro Tour events.
Martinez has previous experience of road racing with the Mapei team in 2002 and with Phonak the following year, finishing 44th in the Tour de France during his stint with the former. “I always rode to the best of my ability without doping it was made clear to me that I wasn’t operating in the way that was required. Today I really have the impression that things have changed. I’m convinced that cycling has moved in the right direction and I want a second chance to continue my career at the highest level.”