From Olympic cycling gold to ski race winner and instructor: Samuel Sánchez's new sporting successes

The Spaniard has found glory in his first sporting love since retirement

Samuel Sanchez skiing
(Image credit: Fototur)

When Samuel Sánchez retired from professional cycling in 2017 after an illustrious 17-year career, he did so knowing that his competitive instinct would one day force his return to the racing arena.

“A sportsperson who has been at the highest level of their sport will always like to compete,” the 2008 Olympic road race champion and six-time Grand Tour stage winner tells Cycling Weekly. “But I didn’t see myself racing as a cyclist into my 40s. It didn’t motivate me.”

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.