June 13, 2020 / 1:50 PM / a month ago

Former mountain bike Olympic champion Martinez back on the road

FILE PHOTO: Miguel Martinez of France holds his bike over his head as he celebrates his gold medal win in the men's mountain bike cycling competition September 24, 2000/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s mountain biking Olympic champion Miguel Martinez is set to resume his career on the road at the age of 44 after signing a six-month contract with the Amore e Vita team following a 12-year hiatus.

“It’s a six-month renewable contract,” Martinez, who won the gold medal in the cross-country mountain biking event at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, told sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday.

“It’s not paid but passion is more important than money.”

Martinez had a taste of road cycling when he finished 44th in the 2002 Tour de France with Mapei and when he rode for Phonak in 2003 and Amore e Vita in 2008 before ending his career.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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