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VUELTA OF SPAIN – The son of Miguel Martinez wears the Leader's jersey

Lenny Martinez completes a beautiful 6th stage and wins the leader's jersey at the vuelta, after a tough day full of climbs.

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At the Vuelta Espana we are seeing a great show and, among the protagonists, there is a son of art: who is the father? Definitely one that has had a fantastic history in MTB. We are talking about Miguel Martinez.

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Miguel Martinez with his trusted friend Mirko Pirazzoli

Miguel's son, lenny martinez, is one of the most interesting youngsters on the cycling scene but, surprisingly, he started out with cyclocross and not MTB, and then devoted himself to the road. Miguel Martinez, just for the record, won theOlympic gold in Athens and title of World Champion in 2000. All in the same season. But these weren't his only successes: he was European Champion in 1999, won 10 World Cup stages and conquered the MTB World Cup results in 1997 and 2000.

To close the circle, even on uncle, Yannick Martinez, and his grandfather, Mariano martinez, they were runners. Grandfather Mariano even won two stages in the Tour de France, in addition to the climbers' classification Great Boucle in 1978. In short, the Martinez family has the DNA of great champions.


At twenty years and fifty days old, Lenny Martinez becomes the youngest post-war leader of a major tour.

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Miguel Martinez will participate in Appenninica MTB Stage Race

The Gold Medal of Cross Country in Sydney 2000 he will be at the start of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race (4-9 September 2023). Together with him there are many athletes who participate in the stage race on the Emilia-Romagna Apennines to experience a unique adventure with their load of stories and tales

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Mirko Pirazzoli and Miguel Martinez win stage 3 of the cape epic 2022 (cat.Master) – ©Sam Clark/Cape Epic

The reasons why you decide to take on a challenge like that of the Appenninica MTB Stage Race are the most diverse. Some do it as a personal challenge, others for fun, still others to bear testimony. They are "The Apennines", those athletes who don't necessarily aim for results, so success is being able to cross the finish line, day after day.

From 4 to 9 September 2023, among the 150 participants at the start, many will face the challenge of the paths of the Emilia-Romagna Apennines with exactly this spirit. This patrol of athletes will be led by an authentic mountain bike legend: Miguel Martinez. The Frenchman, already gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Cross Country, over the years he has also conquered the Cape Epic in the Master category paired with Mirko Pirazzoli.

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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').


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