Cy­cling Team Kranj

Procycling - - Prologue -

M eet the Slove­nian all-rounder who sharp­ens his climb­ing in the eastern Alps.

What has Jaka won?

Well, he’s a first year es­poir so his best re­sults come from the ju­niors. He won the Oberöster­re­ich Ju­nioren­rund­fahrt last year (in­clud­ing the fi­nal stage) and was third over­all at the Course de la Paix. We should also men­tion that he was fourth at ju­nior Gent-Wevel­gem. He came eighth in the Ju­nior Road and TT World Cham­pi­onships in Qatar. He’s ver­sa­tile, but they of­ten are at this age.

Im­pres­sive. So he’s been snapped up by one of the big de­vel­op­ment teams?

Au con­traire. The 18-year-old is stay­ing with his lo­cal club, Cy­cling Team Kranj. “The big­gest de­ci­sion was that I must fin­ish my stud­ies be­fore I can de­vote my­self to cy­cling,” Primo ic tells us. He has one more year of stud­ies and by the sounds of it he can’t wait for them to be over.

Sounds sen­si­ble. A bit like a cer­tain for­mer Pro­cy­cling di­arist, Matej Mo­horic?

Pre­cisely. They’re firm friends and both from Kranj, ac­tu­ally. Primo ic as­pires to be like the for­mer ju­nior and U23 road world champ who was both book­worm and pro.

Pre­sum­ably his par­ents have helped.

For about 10 years his par­ents put him off cy­cling on the grounds of cost. How­ever, a few friends were avid rac­ers so five years ago he joined the lo­cal club which gave him his first bike. Now his par­ents are fully be­hind him. For three years they’ve been fi­nanc­ing their son’s in­ter­na­tional rac­ing ca­reer. It’s been quite an in­vest­ment.

By stay­ing in Slove­nia, isn’t he wor­ried about miss­ing the best races?

Not at all. “I’ll be do­ing the Na­tions Cup and I can show my­self there,” he says. “It’s my first year as an es­poir so I don’t know what to ex­pect. I just hope to fin­ish and then af­ter that make some re­sults.”

And what is his spe­cial­ity?

Climb­ing, but more gen­er­ally stage rac­ing as he’s got an im­prov­ing TT. “Ev­ery day I feel my­self get­ting bet­ter,” he says.

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