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Janez "Jani" Brajkovič (born 18 December 1983) is a racing cyclist from Metlika, Slovenia. He was the world under-23 Time Trial champion in 2004; he rode for the Adria Mobil team and retired in July 2018 after positive anti-doping test.[4]

Janez Brajkovič
Brajkovic TDF2012 Blagnac (cropped).jpg
Brajkovič at the 2012 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameJanez Brajkovič
NicknameJB Junior[1][2]
Born (1983-12-18) 18 December 1983 (age 35)
Metlika, Slovenia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current teamAdria Mobil
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime-trialist
Professional team(s)
2005KRKA–Adria Mobil
2005–2007Discovery Channel
2008–2009Astana
2010–2011Team RadioShack
2012–2014Astana[3]
2015–2016UnitedHealthcare
2017Bahrain–Merida
2018Adria Mobil
Major wins
Stage races
Critérium du Dauphiné (2010)
Tour de Georgia (2007)
Tour of Slovenia (2012)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2009, 2011)

CareerEdit

Before he turned professional, Brajkovic won the World U-23 TT by beating pre-race favourite Thomas Dekker (formerly of Silence-Lotto) by 18 seconds, with a time of 46:56.39 with an average speed of 46.975 km/h.

Team Discovery (2005–2007)Edit

Brajkovič joined Discovery Channel midway through the 2005 season. Brajkovič was signed up as a first year professional but missed the first half of the 2005 season due to contractual obligations (he was with KRKA – Adria Mobil). In July he turned professional and his debut race in the Eneco Tour and had a brilliant debut start. He finished 7th in the time trial, helped sprinter Max van Heeswijk win two stages, and finished in the top 20 in the General Classification won by Bobby Julich of Team CSC. But to prove it was no fluke he finished 14th in the time trial in the Deutschland Tour, and in the top 20 in the 2005 UCI World Road Race Championships in Madrid.

Brajkovič started 2006 impressively as well, finished 4th in the final time trial of Tour de Suisse 5th overall in the General Classification, and at 22 turned out to be Discovery's strongest rider in the race. Before that, in the Volta a Catalunya (Tour of Catalunya), he took 3rd in the stage 1 TT, 7th in stage 4 2:37 behind stage winner Carlos Castano (Kaiku), and 5th overall just 48 seconds down on over GC winner David Cañada (Saunier Duval-Prodir). He did not get to ride the Tour de France, but raced the Vuelta a España where he finished second on the first mountain stage, after getting beaten by Danilo Di Luca in the sprint at the summit. After finishing fourth in the second mountain stage to the Alto de El Morredero, he took the lead in the general classification, giving him the leader's jersey in a major tour for the first time in his young career.

On 22 April 2007 Brajkovič won the Tour de Georgia for his first win as a professional. He then endured a dryer spell where he further acclimatised to regular top level competition before finishing an impressive second to Damiano Cunego at the end of season classic Giro di Lombardia.

Team Astana (2008–2009)Edit

In 2008 Brajkovič raced in the Tour of California, Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Settimana Ciclistica, Volta a Catalunya, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, National Road Championship Slovenia, Tour of Austria, Deutschland Tour, World Championships, Military World Championship, Coppa Sabatini, Giro dell'Emilia, G.P. Beghelli and the Tour of Lombardy.

in 2009, Brajkovič took the Leader Jersey in Stage 2 of the Giro del Trentino and held it until Ivan Basso took it on the final climb in Stage 4. Showing strong form, he rode in support of Levi Leipheimer in the Giro d'Italia.

Team Radioshack (2010–2011)Edit

Following the 2009 season, Brajkovič left Astana for Team RadioShack, joining many of his former Astana teammates and manager Johan Bruyneel. During the 2010 season, he won the Critérium du Dauphiné after being able to follow Tour de France champion Alberto Contador in the mountains and besting him in the longer time trial of the race. Following this victory, he was selected by the team to ride in his first Tour de France, mainly to support Lance Armstrong. His 2011 Tour de France with Team Radioshack ended early on stage 5 after a crash prevented him from finishing.

Team Astana (2012–2014)Edit

On 30 September 2011, it was announced that Brajkovič would be returning to Astana for the 2012 season.[3] He won the Tour of Slovenia in 2012. Brajkovic later rode the 2012 Tour de France where he ended up finishing 9th overall. After having a relatively quiet 2013 season, Brajkovic wore the Maillot Rojo after his team won the stage 1 team time trial in the Vuelta A Espana. He wore it for 1 day and then lost it to teammate Vincenzo Nibali. The 2014 season was statistically the worst year of Brajkovic's career. He failed to record a stage win for the first time in his career, which was attributed to many injuries and illnesses.

Team UnitedHealthcare (2015–2016)Edit

On 29 October 2014, it was announced that Brajkovič would be joining professional continental team UnitedHealthcare after 3 seasons at Astana. Brajkovic expressed interest in wanting to return and ride in the United States. This will be Brajkovic's third different American team in his career.[5]

Team Bahrain-Merida (2017)Edit

Brajkovič joined newly formed team Bahrain–Merida for the 2017 season.[6]

Adria Mobil (2018)Edit

After an unsuccessful 2017 season, Brajkovič rejoined his first professional team Adria Mobil. [7] In July 2018 the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) informed the team about the positive anti-doping test of Jani Brajkovič but due to the amount and type of the substance (Methylhexaneamine) this didn’t lead to a direct suspension. Sentence for this kind of violation would be 24 months (UCI reduced to 10 months) after which Jani Brajkovič didn't prolong his contract with Adria in 2019.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

After his doping sentence, Brajkovič took to his personal website on 8 August 2019 to discuss his suffering with eating disorder. He alleged that his positive test was the result of methylhexaneamine contained in a food supplement he took while not being able to eat properly. He stated that he knew numerous fellow professional cyclists who suffered from the condition as well and that too little was done to prevent it.[8]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2004
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
2nd   Time trial, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
2nd Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
2nd Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
3rd Giro del Belvedere
2005
1st Stage 3 Jadranska Magistrala
3rd   Time trial, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
2006
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
Vuelta a España
Held   after Stages 7–8
2007
1st   Overall Tour de Georgia
1st   Young rider classification
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2008
2nd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Overall Deutschland Tour
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2009
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
2010
1st   Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
4th Overall Giro di Sardegna
4th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
9th Overall Tour of California
2011
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Utah
7th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
2012
1st   Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3 Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Overall Tour de France
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
2013
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
  Held after Stage 1
2014
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2015
4th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Overall Tour of the Gila
2018
8th Overall Tour of Slovenia

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 18 DNF
  Tour de France 43 DNF 9 DNF 45
  Vuelta a España 30 DNF 22 26
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ After his shared initials and physical resemblance with Johan Bruyneel
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 April 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Brajkovic joins Astana". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Agence France-Presse. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Adria Mobil Cycling on the case of Jani Brajkovič". adria-mobil-cycling.com. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brajkovic-signs-for-unitedhealthcare
  6. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bahrain-merida-confirm-the-signing-of-brajkovic/
  7. ^ http://www.adria-mobil-cycling.com/si/novice/1058-jani-brajkovic-letos-v-adrii-mobil
  8. ^ Ballinger, Alex (8 August 2019). "'The feeling of being a failure is indescribable': Jani Brajkovič reveals his ongoing battle with eating disorder and his attempts to race again". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 8 August 2019.

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