Miguel Martinez plans road racing return at 44 years of age

Miguel Martinez and his Mapei teammate Oscar Freire on the eve of the 2002 Tour de France.
Miguel Martinez and his Mapei teammate Oscar Freire on the eve of the 2002 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

The former Olympic mountain bike champion Miguel Martinez is set to return to professional cycling at the age of 44. The Frenchman told L’Équipe that he has signed a six-month contract with the Amore e Vita-Prodir Continental team, where he previously raced back in 2008.

“It’s a six-month renewable contract,” Martinez said. “It’s not paid, but passion is more important than money.”

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