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"It was a great experience. I did not achieve many notable results, but I am still very satisfied with my neo-pro year."

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04.11.2014 @ 15:50 Posted by Renaud Breban

The Slovenian Matej Mohoric rode this year his first season with pros. The rider of Cannondale Pro Cycling, who won the Junior and U23 World title in the previous two seasons, discovered the professional world and ran the biggest races such as the Tour Down Under, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour de Romandie. Interviewed by Café Roubaix, he told about Garmin, his future team and his goals for 2015 season.


How was his first season with pros ? "It was a great experience. I did not achieve many notable results, but I am still very satisfied with my neo-pro year. I learned lots of new things and hopefully I will be able to use this knowledge in the next years. It was a huge change compared to my previous years. You can really see it is a top level competition here, the difference in the quality is enormous."


Despite his 69 race days, he didn't race much at World Tour level : "In my opinion I raced quite a lot at World Tour level considering the fact that it was my neo pro year. I was by far the youngest out there, so it was good that I did not race too much in the best races. I did enjoy the presence at the Ardennes Classics, which will be quite important for me in the future. I did the Tour Down Under, which was my first time ever at the top level. At the end of the season I also raced in Canada. I think it was more than enough for a 19-year-old rider."


Now he thinks about the upcoming season. In 2015, he will ride for Garmin : "I am excited to start a new year, a new experience. I am sure it will be another great year. They gave me a positive first impression already and I believe it is not wrong at all."


"I do not yet know my race program, but I wish to try with a Grand Tour appearance for the first time in my career, probably Vuelta is the most realistic option. I would like to focus on shorter stage races. For sure I will be competing even more at World Tour level."


"I do not want to set result goals yet. I will only be 20-years-old and I know that my body still needs some time to fully develop. But we will see, I have my expectations that are better to keep for myself, but for sure everything is possible."





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