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by Shane Stokes
January 31, 2018
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Having previously ridden with the Slovenian KRKA-Adria Mobil team in 2005, the season after he won the UCI world under 23 time trial championship, Jani Brajkovic’s career has turned full circle and he will return to the squad.
The 34-year-old Slovenian competed with Discovery Channel, Astana, Team Radioshack, United Healthcare and, most recently, with Bahrain-Merida. However after his contract with the latter was not renewed, he was left without a squad for 2018. Signing with the Continental Adria Mobil Cycling team gives him a ride for the coming season, albeit at a different level than he was hoping for, and also completes a circle.
“I’m happy with my return to cycling club from Novo mesto,” he said on Tuesday. “I know I didn’t say the last word in cycling and I’m full of optimism for the future. I had some offers from the other teams, but I choose to sign for Adria Mobil Cycling.
“It’s as organized as other teams, has good riders and good racing program that will enable me to progress and prove myself. I want to pay back for everything that the team did in the start of my racing career. There are a lot of young cyclists in the team and I’m sure they can gain from my experiences.”
Brajkovic’s career results include overall victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Slovenia, plus ninth overall in the Tour de France. “We’re excited that Jani Brajkovi? decided to continue his career in our team,” said team director Bogdan Fink. “He’s a world-class cyclist. Team Adria Mobil Cycling became even stronger with his arrival. He’s extremely professional and responsible cyclist, and has plenty of motivation – despite the results in the last seasons. Young cyclists will also learn a lot from him.”