Enric Mas

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Enric Mas
TdB 2014 - Enric Mas.jpg
Mas in 2014.
Personal information
Full nameEnric Mas Nicolau
Born (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 24)
Artà, Spain
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Team information
Current teamDeceuninck–Quick-Step
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2012Sepelaco
2013–2015Specialized–Fundación Alberto Contador
Professional team(s)
2016Klein Constantia
2017–Quick-Step Floors
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
Young rider classification (2018)
1 individual stage (2018)

Enric Mas Nicolau (born 7 January 1995) is a Spanish racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Deceuninck–Quick-Step.[1] He is a talented climber, and has finished in top 10 in prestigious world tour stage races, and has also won a stage at the Tour of the Basque Country. He is regarded as the next Alberto Contador, by the man himself, however Mas stated he would rather be the first Enric Mas.[2] Having previously ridden for the Fundacion Contador team, Contador knows the strength of Enric Mas, believing he has a bright future.

Career[edit]

Mas was born in Artà.

Quick-Step Floors (2017–present)[edit]

2017[edit]

On 19 July 2016, UCI World Tour team Quick-Step Floors announced the signing of Mas for 2017 season.[3] The 2017 season became the first season for Mas in the World Tour. His best result came at the Vuelta a Burgos, where he finished 2nd on the final stage and therefore finished 2nd overall. He was named in the startlist for the 2017 Vuelta a España.[4] He won the Combativity Award on stages 6 and 20 at the Vuelta a España; on the penultimate stage to Angliru, Mas was in the breakaway and helped Alberto Contador win the stage.

2018[edit]

The 2018 season was Enric Mas' 2nd on the World Tour, and his first top 10 result came at the Tour of the Basque Country. He won the final stage to Arrate, which was his first professional victory. He moved up to 6th place in the general classification after the last stage, which meant he got his first ever top 10 world tour stage race finish; he also won the young rider classification. He continued his form, 2 months later when he placed 4th overall at the Tour de Suisse, and won the Young rider classification. He also managed to finish 2nd on stage 5 behind Diego Ulissi.

At the Vuelta a España, Mas was outside top 10 before the last two stages of the second week. He finished 7th on the Stage to Las Praeres, and moved up to 8th place. On the following Stage to the Lakes of Covadonga, he finished 6th and moved up to 6th place. On the Time trial he once again showed he had great form when he finished 6th. He moved up another place in the general classification. The race visited a new climb Balcón de Bizkaia on Stage 17. Mas was the strongest of the General classification contenders, and moved up to 3rd position overall. However he dropped to 4th place on Stage 19 which visited Naturlandia, Andorra. At the start of Stage 20, the gap between him and the 3rd placed rider Steven Kruijswijk was only 17 seconds. He attacked on the final climb together with Miguel Ángel López and Simon Yates. Mas rode together to the finish line with Lopez and outsprinted him, to take his first stage victory in a Grand Tour. With his performance on stage 20, Mas moved from 4th to 2nd place overall in the Vuelta, finishing on the podium in just his second Grand Tour.

Major results[edit]

2012
1st MaillotEspaña.PNG Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
2014
4th Overall Course de la Paix Under–23
2016
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Alentejo
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
2017
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
Vuelta a España
Jersey green number.svg Combativity award Stages 6 & 20
2018
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey red number.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 20
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey green.svg Young rider classification
6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey light blue.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 6

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France
A red jersey Vuelta a España 71 2
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2017 2018
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 75 44
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 14 6
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse 4
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torrego, José María (23 December 2018). "El Deceuninck Quick Step busca no sucumbir del cetro mundial del ciclismo en 2019" [The Deceuninck Quick Step seeks not to succumb from the cycling world title in 2019]. La Guía del Ciclismo (in Spanish). Digipress Ibérica SL. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Mas: I want to be the first Enric Mas, not the next Alberto Contador | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ "Three neo-pros join Etixx–Quick-Step for 2017". etixx-quickstep.com. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ "2017 > 72nd Vuelta a España > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 17 August 2017.

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