Alex Kirsch first rode as a stagiaire for Trek-Segafredo in 2014 and found his way back to the Trek family in 2019. One of the taller riders in the pro peloton at 1.94 meters (6 feet 4 inches), there's little surprise he prefers cobbled terrain where big, powerful riders thrive. Alex claims he's not the type of rider who will win Flanders, but is someone always at the front making an impact, and he has been a perfect fit for Trek-Segafredo's Classics team. His large engine and selfless nature, coupled with an ability to find prime position in times of chaos, make Alex arguably one of the best lead-outs in the WorldTour. Alex was a vital lieutenant to Mads Pedersen during the 2022 Vuelta a España where he helped the Dane secure three stage wins.
What was the biggest obstacle you have overcome?
Getting into the WorldTour.
If you were a brand, what would be your motto?
Go hard or go home.
If you could borrow one cycling aptitude from any of your Trek-Segafredo teammates what would it be and from whom?
The fighting spirit of Bauke Mollema.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Believe in yourself. My sports director told me this in 2014.
What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?
Bontrager XXX wheels.