Albert Torres and Sebastián Mora, medal options at the Track Cycling World Championship
Albert Torres forms with Sebastian Mora the most serious medal option for track cycling Spanish in the World Cup that starts today in Berlin and that will last until Sunday, when the Spanish couple compete in the Madison mode. Torres and Mora have already secured the classification for the Games, where they also think of collecting some metal.
“The goal is the Games,” admits Albert Torres, which has seen its preparation slowed because of an injury. "I don't arrive at my best," he admits. "Luckily we are already qualified for Tokyo," he adds. In Berlin he does not expect to find surprises, he meets the rivals who will fight for the medals with it in the World Cup and in the Games. "The rivals are known, there will be no surprises even if someone can level up or down," he explains.
For Albert Torres this season is different. Until Thursday he competes on the road in the Tour of Abu Dhabi and from there he will travel to Berlin to change the asphalt along the track. This year, with his partner Sebastián Mora, he has signed for Movistar, something you see as "an opportunity" that you should seize.
Movistar allows them to combine the track with the road and stay active and in competition throughout the year. “The road allows us to have the rhythm of competition, sharpen the pencil,” admits Torres, which last year had no equipment. "I had to train alone, doing after a motorcycle," he adds.
Torres and Mora have not yet agreed on the road. Mora competed in the Tour of Andalusia, which ended last Sunday, the same day Torres began his participation in Abu Dhabi. “We spent a lot of time together with the national team. Now we are in the same structure. We have not competed together on the road, but we try to spend time together, ”explains Albert.
Torres is Balearic, from Ciudadela, and Mora, from Castellón from Villarreal. “We get together in Valencia or in Mallorca to train." And between the Luis Puig velodrome and the Palma Arena they are polishing their state of form.
For Torres, the example on the track has always been Joan Llaneras, the Mallorcan cyclist who won four medals in the Olympic Games - two golds and two silver ones - seven world golds, plus three silver and two bronze. "What caught my attention the most is how he prepared for the objective to achieve what he intended ”, ensures.
The Track Cycling World Championship can be seen live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from 18:00 on Wednesday 26 until Sunday 1 March.