Carlos Rodriguez: Team Ineos rider by day, engineering graduate by night

Carlos Rodriguez (Team Ineos)
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At just 19 years of age, Carlos Rodriguez is the youngest rider at the UAE Tour. However, the most interesting aspect surrounding the Spaniard isn’t his age but the fact that he juggles the demands of riding with the biggest team in the world with a five-year degree in mechanical and electrical engineering.

The Spanish teenager has recently completed his first semester in Malaga and was given the green light to travel to the UAE Tour and make his WorldTour debut with Team Ineos. It’s been an eventful few days for the two-time Spanish junior time trial champion with two crashes on stage 3 sandwiched between riding in support of Eddie Dunbar and Chris Froome.

"I'm feeling good and I’m getting used to riding more kilometres. I hope to adapt to the WorldTour level during the week," he told Cyclingnews.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.