After overcoming testicular cancer in 2002, Markel Irizar turned pro with few aspirations for himself and has made a career of working selflessly for others. He is positive, always smiling and exuding gratefulness in everything he does. Markel is a powerful rouleur, a cyclist that can do a little of everything for the team and excels in the classics. At age 39, Markel is the veteran rider of Trek-Segafredo, and 2019 marks his 16th professional season. Markel pulled off a memorable victory in 2011: with a motivated team behind him, he won the five-day Vuelta a Andalucía in his home country. A gracious repay to an amiable teammate who gives his all, every day, for the team.

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Who inspires you?

My wife.

Who has been the funniest teammate you have ever had?

For me, there are two: Edward Theuns and Jarlinson Pantano.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

I would like to be born again and become a cyclist but not anymore Markel Irizar. I would like to be someone like Peter Sagan.