Petr Vakoč (born 11 July 1992) is a Czech former cyclist, who last rode for UCI ProTeam Alpecin–Fenix.[5] He took a total of seven victories during his professional career.[6]

Petr Vakoč
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Vakoč at the 2015 Brabantse Pijl
Personal information
Full namePetr Vakoč
NicknameVaki[1]
Born (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 29)[2]
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamAlpecin–Fenix
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur teams
2011ASC Dukla Praha
2011Centre Mondial du Cyclisme
2012CC Etupes
Professional teams
2013Etixx–IHNed
2014–2019Omega Pharma–Quick-Step[3]
2020–2021Alpecin–Fenix[4]
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Road Race Championships (2015)
Brabantse Pijl (2016)

CareerEdit

2013Edit

2013 was Prague-born Vakoč's first year as a professional, riding for Etixx–IHNed, the development team of Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. In June, he won the Okolo Slovenska stage race at the age of 20. The young cyclist's success continued when he won overall in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid sub-23, the under 23 version of the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid. In August Vakoc won the 1.2 event Grand Prix Královéhradeckého kraje, five seconds ahead of Josef Hosek.

2014Edit

After Vakoč's success in 2013, he was granted a contract for Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. He finished 10th overall and won a stage of the Tour de Pologne, a UCI World Tour event. He also placed second in both his nation's road race and time trial championship.

2015Edit

In 2015, Vakoc won the National Road Race Championships 11 seconds ahead of Leopold König. In May, he rode in his first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia. Vakoč finished the race in 116th place overall. The young cyclist earned yet another victory when he won the Czech Cycling Tour, one of his nation's biggest cycling races. He also won a stage of the Tour of Britain. He competed for his nation at the European Games, earning a bronze medal in the road race.

2016Edit

Vakoč celebrated success in one day races during his fourth professional season, winning three major races; he won the Classic Sud-Ardèche and La Drôme Classic over successive days in February. In April, he booked his biggest victory yet at the Brabantse Pijl, a 1.HC race in Belgium. However, that would turn out to be his final professional win.[6] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France.[7]

Injury and recoveryEdit

In January 2018, Vakoč and team-mate Laurens De Plus suffered injuries whilst at a training camp in South Africa when they were hit by a truck: Vakoč sustained several broken vertebrae, which led to him undergoing spinal surgery and having to learn to walk again.[6] After spending 2018 recovering, he made his return to competition at the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan.[8]

Alpecin–Fenix and retirementEdit

Vakoč joined Alpecin–Fenix for the 2020 season.[9] He rode for the team in the 2021 Tour de France. In October 2021 he announced that he would retire from competition at the age of 29 after the Giro del Veneto that month.[6]

Major resultsEdit

2010
2nd Overall Tour du Pays de Vaud
1st Stage 3
3rd Road race, National Junior Road Championships
3rd Overall Course de la Paix Juniors
5th Brno–Velká Bíteš–Brno
2011
1st   Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
2013
1st   Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st   Young rider classification
1st   Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid sub-23
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Grand Prix Královéhradeckého kraje
2nd   Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Memorial Van Coningsloo
3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
4th Overall Czech Cycling Tour
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 4
4th Memorial Jana Veselého
2014
World University Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 2
2015
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
3rd Time trial
1st   Overall Czech Cycling Tour
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Stage 2 Tour of Britain
3rd   Road race, European Games
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st   Young rider classification
2016
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Classic Sud-Ardèche
1st La Drôme Classic
2nd Overall Tour La Provence
1st   Young rider classification
2nd Grand Prix de Wallonie
National Road Championships
3rd Time trial
4th Road race
5th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
5th Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st   Young rider classification
5th Strade Bianche
9th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2017
National Road Championships
2nd Time trial
3rd Road race
2nd Brabantse Pijl
6th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
8th Binche–Chimay–Binche
10th Overall BinckBank Tour
2019
National Road Championships
3rd Road race
3rd Time trial
2020
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
6th Paris–Tours
9th Overall Czech Cycling Tour
9th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
2021
10th La Drôme Classic

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 116
  Tour de France 118 118
  Vuelta a España Did not contest during his career

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Milan–San Remo 132
Tour of Flanders 70
Paris–Roubaix Did not contest during his career
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 73 DNF 148 94 39
Giro di Lombardia 53 53 DNF 52 DNF
Classic 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Strade Bianche 5 27 60 DNF 15
Brabantse Pijl 34 61 1 2 27 39 DNF
La Flèche Wallonne 122 107 126 87 41
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 32 9 7 Not held
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 13 52 13
Paris–Tours 6
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Petr Vakoc". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/Petr_Vakoc[bare URL]
  3. ^ Torrego, José María (23 December 2018). "El Deceuninck Quick Step busca no sucumbir del cetro mundial del ciclismo en 2019" [The Deceuninck Quick Step seeks not to succumb from the cycling world title in 2019]. La Guía del Ciclismo (in Spanish). Digipress Ibérica SL. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "De nieuwe speelkameraadjes van MVDP: "Er zal meer naar ons gekeken worden"" [The new playmates for MVDP: "We will be looked at more"]. Sporza (in Dutch). Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Alpecin-Fenix". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 3 January 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Bonville-Ginn, Tim (12 October 2021). "Petr Vakoč retires from cycling at the age of 29 after successful injury comeback". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  7. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  8. ^ Brown, Gregor (28 January 2019). "Petr Vakoc racing again after horror crash". VeloNews. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Corendon-Circus team become Alpecin-Fenix". cyclingnews.com. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2021.

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