Ján Valach (born 19 August 1973) is a Slovak retired professional road cyclist.[1] He represented his nation Slovakia in two editions of the Olympic Games (1996 and 2008), and later competed as a member of Dukla Trenčín–Merida professional cycling team before his official retirement in 2010. He now works as a directeur sportif for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe.

Ján Valach
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Ján Valach at Sachsen Tour in 2008
Personal information
Full nameJán Valach
Born (1973-08-19) 19 August 1973 (age 48)
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamBora–Hansgrohe
Professional teams
1999–2002De Nardi–Pasta Montegrappa
2004–2005Ed' System ZVVZ
2006Aposport Krone Linz
2007–2009Elk Haus–Simplon
2010Dukla Trenčín–Merida
Managerial teams
2011–2014Dukla Trenčín–Merida
2015Cycling Academy

Amateur and professional careerEdit

Born in Myjava, Valach made his official debut as an amateur cyclist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he finished sixty-eighth in the men's road race by less than a second behind the peloton leader Abraham Olano of Spain, recording his personal best time in 4:56:48.[2] During his amateur career, Valach has claimed three Slovak titles in elite national championships (1997 and 1998) until having shown his great talent and passion for sport, he turned professional in 1999 with De Nardi–Pasta Montegrappa.

In 2001, Valach became a Slovak champion in both road race and time trial at the elite championships, and thereby continued to defend both titles in the same tournament by the following year. When De Nardi–Pasta Montegrappa folded after the 2002 season, Valach was left with no contract. Competing under a freelance agent, Valach pulled ahead from a vast field of cyclists to dominate the road race at the 2003 Coupe des Carpathes in Poland in 3:57:03.[3]

Valach signed a two-year contract with Ed' System ZVVZ in 2004 and eventually rode for Austria's Aposport Krone Linz (AKL) in 2006. Following a short demise from AKL and achieving mediocre results in numerous tournaments, Valach joined the Elk Haus–Simplon professional cycling team in the 2007–2008 season.[4] He had solidified his lead by defeating the Austrian cyclist Michael Pichler at Völkermarkter Radsporttage road race, and also sprinted into a second-place finish at the second stage of Sachsen Tour in 5:52:17, trailing behind Great Britain's Dean Downing by less than a second.[5]

Twelve years after competing in his last Olympics, Valach qualified for his second Slovak squad, as a 34-year-old, in the men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving a berth from the UCI Europe Tour.[6] Riding against his teammates Roman Broniš and Matej Jurčo, Valach remained as the only Slovak cyclist to successfully complete a grueling race with a sixty-second-place effort in 6:34:26.[7][8] Valach's official result was later elevated to sixty-first position, when Italy's Davide Rebellin had tested positive for CERA that consequently stripped of his Olympic silver medal.[9] Following his success in road cycling, Valach extended his contract with Elk Haus–Simplon for another annual season (2008–2009).

After he officially retired in 2010, Valach was appointed as the manager and head coach for Slovakia's Dukla Trenčín–Merida cycling team.[10] In October 2016 Bora–Hansgrohe announced that had been appointed as a directeur sportif.[11]

Major resultsEdit

1st Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st Stage 9
7th Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Individual time trial
1st   Team time trial
1st Prologue Tour d'Egypte
National Road Championships
1st   Individual time trial
1st   Team time trial
1st Coupe des Carpathes
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
1st Völkermarkter Radsporttage, Austria
3rd Road race, National Road Championships


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ján Valach". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Cycling – Men's Road Race" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 192. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Résultats du 20 août" [Results from August 20] (in French). Velo101. 21 August 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  4. ^ Westermeyer, Susan (31 October 2006). "Elk Haus-Simplon nearly complete for 2007". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Downing nieuwe leider Sachsen Tour" [Downing is the new leader at Sachsen Tour] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Petra Velitsa hnevá spôsob výberu cyklistov na olympijské hry" [Petra Velitsa felt angry at cyclists' Olympic selection] (in Slovak). SME. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Men's Road Race". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Valach spokojný, osudným mu bolo predposledné stúpanie" [Valach was satisfied with a penultimate climb] (in Slovak). SME. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Olympics: Six Beijing Games athletes test positive for CERA". Seattle Times. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Dukla Trenčín Trek chce potvrdiť líderskú pozíciu na Slovensku" [Dukla Trenčín Trek wishes to acknowledge leading position in Slovakia] (in Slovak). Sport.sk. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Bora-Hansgrohe finalise 2017 roster with McCarthy, Pelucchi and Saramotins signings". cyclingnews.com. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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