Until the extraordinary emergence of two impressive Tadej Pogacar, last winner of the Tour de France, and Primoz Roglic, double winner of the Tour of Spain and current number one in the UCI world ranking, Luka Mezgec (BikeExchange) was, with 19 victories and tied with Grega Bole, the most representative of Slovenian runners, the new great world power in the making of cycling.
The Slovenian sprinter has become a fixture in the Almera Classic, a race in which he stepped onto the podium in 2019, when he finished third behind Pascal Ackermann and Marcel Kittel and where he was fifth a year ago now, results that make him one of the great favorites for the victory on Avenida Juan Carlos I of Roquetas de Mar, where to finish, next February 14, the XXXIV Clsica de Almera and to which Mezgec will attend, for the fifth consecutive year, leading the ranks of the renewed BikeExchange.
The Australian team will once again trust a runner who, at 32, was very competitive in the last season, marked by the many changes in the calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in which, despite not getting any victory, he had a very good second half with podiums in the Polonia Tower (2.WT), where it took, yes, the classification by points; the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France (1.WT) and two stages in the Tour de France (2.WT), being second in Lyon and Champagnole, surpassed both times by Soren Kragh Andersen.
It also shone in the spring classics which, due to the special circumstances experienced in 2020, had to be postponed to fall. Thus, Mezgec was 16 in the Brabant Arrow (1.Pro), 27 in the Scheldt Prize (1.Pro) and 23 in the Tour of Flanders (1.WT).
To try to get the Slovenian rider back to the top of the podium, BikeExchange has announced a luxury seven for his trip to the XXXIV Clsica de Almera. Along with Mezgec, he will also train the American Brent Brookwalter, an experienced runner and a complete insurance at times when it may be necessary to keep the race under control in order to ensure the massive arrival, a role that can also be played by the dans Christopher Juul. -Jensen and, of course, Australian Jack Bauer, one of the most robust gregarious in the international squad.
Along with them, Dion Smith will also be on the starting line, a man who, without being as fast as Mezgec, of whom he should be the theoretical final pitcher, already demonstrated last year to have taken a new step forward in his progression by taking the triumph in the Coppa Sabatini (1.Pro) and for which this will be his second Clsica de Almera after being twenty-third in 2019.
The Australian seven will be completed by two young men such as the Australian Callum Scotson, 24 years old and who in 2020 made his debut in three-week tests finishing the Tour of Spain and the Hungarian Barnabs Pek, 22 years old and facing his second full season in the World Tour, a category to which he arrived as a stagiaire in 2019 at the hands of his current team. Pek, who still has to take a new step forward in his progression as a cyclist, has achieved, yes, two titles of Hungarian CRI champion (2018 and 2020) and one long-distance (2018).EsCiclismo – All rights reserved. All types of reproduction are prohibited without express written authorization.
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