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by Neal Rogers
November 24, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chaves to start season at Tour Down Under; One Pro Cycling loses sponsor and Pro Continental status; Brajkovic signs with Bahrain Merida; Wanty-Groupe Gobert signs Lieuwe Westra; Astana unveils 2017 jersey and Argon 18 bikes; Sagan eyes Roubaix victory, hints that he could retire in ‘three, four, five, six years’; CyclingTips Podcast: David Walsh on Armstrong, Team Sky, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ TUEs; Etixx-QuickStep staff wraps up two-day team building exercises; Video: Trailer for Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven, Germany
Slovenian Jani Brajkovic has signed with Bahrain Merida for the 2017 season.
Brajkovic, 32, was the world under-23 time trial Champion in 2004, and has ridden for six professional teams since his 2005 debut. His top career results include wins at the the 2007 Tour de Georgia and 2010 Criterium du Dauphine. He has worn the leader’s jersey at the Vuelta a España in 2006 and 2013.
Brajkovic rode under Johan Bruyneel at Discovery Channel, Astana, and RadioShack from 2005-2011. He rode for Astana, under new management, from 2012-2014, and most recently, with the U.S. Pro Continental team UnitedHealthcare, during the 2016-16 seasons. In 2016, he finished 11th overall at the Tour de Langkawi, eighth overall at the Tour of the Gila, and ninth overall at the Tour of Slovenia, and 13th overall at the Tour of Utah.
“This is a unique opportunity for me, to ride again in the highest class,” Brajkovic said. “I am determined to prove that I still belong in professional cycling and I’m very motivated and also optimistic about the next season. My priority now is to give 100% to the team, help [Vincenzo] Nibali and other teammates and also prove to myself that I am still capable of good results.”