Mark
Donovan

Residence
Girona, Spain
Age
21
Favourite Food
Lasagne
Twitter
@markdon99
Favourite TV show
Big Bang Theory / Ozark
Favourite holiday destination
Sri Lanka
Favourite race
World Championships
Hobbies
Going to the beach, Fifa & Call of Duty

A new edition to the team in 2020, Mark made the step up from U23 to the elite peloton. A good climber and GC rider, he has a fourth place finish at the Baby Giro and an 11th place at the Tour de l’Avenir in 2018 on his palmarès. After suffering some bad luck in 2019, Mark was excited at the prospect of racing in the elite peloton 2020.

“2019 was a tough season, I started to get good towards the end of the year which was a little bit annoying but it gave me even motivation for last season.”

Hailing from a sporting family in the northwest of England, Mark was originally a cross country and fell runner before an injury at the age of 14 saw him switch focus more to his bike. As a self-proclaimed competitive person, he soon started entering races and cycling more and more and his love for the sport progressed from there.

“It’s just a fun sport: it’s fast-paced and got the adrenaline factor, whereas running is a bit slower. Cycling is a nice mix of strength but also tactics and team aspects are important too, so it is a good all-round sport.”

Sociable and friendly, Mark enjoys going out with his mates on the bike for a few hours but he also loves the feeling of riding solo and “drilling it” during training, giving himself some time with his own thoughts.

Driven by seeing improvements in his numbers or beating a time on one of his local climbs in Girona, Mark wants to continue his development with the team and see what type of rider he progresses into.

“I see myself developing more and more into climbing and stage races; I tend to do better when it gets tougher day after day. I would also like to keep more of an all-round ability, I don’t think I’m 100 percent going to be a climber so I want to be strong in other areas too. First year or two I just want to make the step up, get used to it, get stuck in, and we will see what happens.”

After making his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España towards the year, Mark showed his talents and potential with two top-five stage finishes – very impressive results for someone in their neo-pro year.

Results

2020
4 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 11
5 La Vuelta ciclista a España Stage 17
6 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Youth Classification
11 Critérium du Dauphiné Youth Classification
15 La Vuelta ciclista a España Youth Classification
21 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 1
23 Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 5
28 La Vuelta ciclista a España Mountains Classification
34 La Vuelta ciclista a España Points Classification
37 Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var Stage 2
2019
11 Volta ao Alentejo Youth Classification
12 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc Youth Classification
14 Volta ao Alentejo Stage 5 (ITT)
16 Classica da Arrabida Cyclin'Portugal
28 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc Stage 4
28 Tour of Antalya
29 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 4
29 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 2
30 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage 7
30 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 1
2018
1 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc Stage 2
3 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc Prologue
3 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 6
3 Volta ao Alentejo Youth Classification
3 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Youth Classification
3 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc Youth Classification
4 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
5 Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Stage 7
6 Volta ao Alentejo
6 Tour Alsace Stage 2