Jakub Mareczko

Jakub Mareczko (born 30 April 1994) is an Italian road cyclist of Polish origin,[2] who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Vini Zabù–Brado–KTM.[3] A sprinter, Mareczko is seen by the Italian national cycling coach Davide Cassani as one of the best young hopes for Italian cycling.[4]

Jakub Mareczko
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Mareczko in 2015.
Personal information
Full nameJakub Mareczko
Born (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 26)
Jarosław, Poland
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current teamVini Zabù–Brado–KTM
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team
2013–2014Viris Maserati
Professional teams
2015–2018Southeast Pro Cycling
2019–2020CCC Team[1]
2021–Vini Zabù–Brado–KTM

BiographyEdit

Mareczko was born in Poland on 30 April 1994; he moved with his mother to Brescia, Italy, when he was five years old.[5]

It was announced that Mareczko had signed his first professional contract with the then Neri Sottoli in July 2014.[6] Racing as an amateur cyclist in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he won 16 races and came to the attention of Davide Cassani.[7] He was the most successful under-23 rider in Italy in 2014.[8] Mareczko was seen as one of the major hopes for Southeast Pro Cycling, which had been in significant trouble on account of repeated doping cases; the team also signed the veteran sprinter Alessandro Petacchi with the hope that he would be able to help Mareczko to develop as a cyclist (in particular to get stronger on the climbs), as well as potentially leading him out in the sprints.[8][9]

Mareczko's first wins as a professional cyclist came in the 2015 Vuelta al Táchira (a 2.2 race where many of the riders are amateurs), where he won stages 3 and 4.[5][10] He was then selected to lead the Italian national team in the sprint stages at the 2015 Tour de San Luis, where he twice finished in the top ten, including a third place on the final stage behind Mark Cavendish and Fernando Gaviria. He started both the 2015 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the 2015 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne but finished neither. He finished third on the second stage of the 2015 Tour de Langkawi, then finished second on the fourth and sixth stages. Mareczko's cobbled classics season then continued with his participation in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, the E3 Harelbeke, the Gent–Wevelgem, the Three Days of De Panne and the Scheldeprijs, although he finished none of these races.[10]

Mareczko won two stage at the 2015 Vuelta a Venezuela, a 2.2-ranked race. His first professional-level victory came at the end of the 2015 road racing season, when he won the sixth stage of the 2.HC-ranked Tour of Hainan.[11] A few days before this victory, Southeast announced that his contract had been renewed for the following two seasons.[12] It was followed by more victories in China: at the 2.1-ranked Tour of Taihu Lake, Mareczko won all seven of the nine stages to end in bunch sprints. He also won the general classification, the points classification and the young rider classification in the race.[13]

He was named in the start list for the 2016 Giro d'Italia,[14] but abandoned the race on Stage 5.[15] In October 2020, he was named in the startlist for the 2020 Vuelta a España.[16]

In November 2020, Mareczko signed a two-year contract with the Vini Zabù–Brado–KTM team, from the 2021 season.[17]

Major resultsEdit

2014
1st Circuito del Porto
2015
1st   Overall Tour of Taihu Lake
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9
Vuelta al Táchira
1st Stages 3 & 4
Vuelta a Venezuela
1st Stages 2 & 9
1st Stage 6 Tour of Hainan
2016
1st Tour of Yancheng Coastal Wetlands
Tour of Qinghai Lake
1st Stage 2, 11 & 13
Presidential Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 5 & 8
Tour of Taihu Lake
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 6
1st Stage 7 Tour de San Luis
1st Stage 6 Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 3 Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
3rd   Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
10th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
2017
1st   Overall Tour of Taihu Lake
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7
Tour of Hainan
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Tour de Langkawi
1st Stages 3 & 7
1st Stage 3 Tour de Bretagne
2018
Tour du Maroc
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 10
Sharjah Tour
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
Tour of Taihu Lake
1st Stages 3, 5 & 7
1st Stage 5 Tour of China II
1st Stage 1 Tour of Hainan
2019
3rd Grand Prix Pino Cerami
6th Primus Classic
2020
Tour de Hongrie
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2, 3 & 4
2021
1st Trofej Umag

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF DNF DNF
  Tour de France
  Vuelta a España DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Valter completes CCC Team's 2020 roster". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Vuelta al Tachira, bis di Mareczko". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Vini Zabu' Brado KTM". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 8 January 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (16 January 2015). "Cassani optimistic about Italian cycling new generation of riders". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (13 January 2015). "Jakub Mareczko to line up against Mark Cavendish at Tour de San Luis". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ "GRANDE COLPO DELLA NERI SOTTOLI ALE': ACCORDO BIENNALE CON IL VELOCISTA UNDER 23 JAKUB MARECZKO". yellowfluoteam.com (in Italian). 23 July 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ Viganò, Danilo (22 November 2014). "Diciotto neopro' a scuola. Cassani: "Onorate il ciclismo"". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Mareczko ready to take on Cavendish in San Luis sprints". Cyclingnews.com. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ Stokes, Shane (7 January 2015). "Petacchi prolongs career with former Neri Sottoli squad, team now named Southeast Pro Cycling". Cyclingtips.com.au. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Jakub Mareczko". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Jakub Mareczko". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  12. ^ Powlison, Spencer (16 October 2015). "Trade news round-up: Betancur to Movistar, and more". Velonews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Mareczko secures overall victory at the Tour of Taihu Lake". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  14. ^ "99th Giro d'Italia Startlist". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d'Italia stage five". Cycling Tips. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  16. ^ "75th La Vuelta ciclista a España: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  17. ^ Gauthier, Nicolas (21 November 2020). "Transfert - Vini Zabu-Brado-KTM rapatrie le sprinteur Jakub Mareczko" [Transfer - Vini Zabu-Brado-KTM repatriates sprinter Jakub Mareczko]. Cyclism'Actu (in French). Swar Agency. Retrieved 21 November 2020.

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