Slovenian former professional road bicycle racer.
Born 13 April 1977 in Kranj, Slovenia.
In 1999 he won the »Baby Giro di Italia«. In 2000, he joined the Fassa Bortolo team and thus started his professional career. During his career, he also raced for the teams Phonak, Lampre and Ag2r La mondialle. He was a specialist for stage races, especially for mountain stages.
He was the first Slovenian to have finished the most difficult stage races in the world – Tour de France and Giro d’Italia - at the top 10 Overall (he finished 9th both times). He also wore a yellow jersey at the Tour the Suisse for five stages. His other greatest results are: two-time national road race champion title, 2nd place at the Royal stage of Giro d’Italia, 2nd Overall Tour of Valencia, 2nd place at the stage 16 of the Vuelta Espana, 3rd place at the Grand Prix du Midi Libre, 4th Overall Tour de Romandie, 4th Overall race Paris-Nice and 5th Overall Tour de Suisse. He was also three-time participant in the Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens, and Beijing).
After finishing his professional career, he is engaged in tourism. He is the Manager and the Co-owner of the Vila Triglav in Pokljuka. He organizes and guides the cycling trips around Slovenia on both – road and mountain bikes. Sports and family are his greatest loves and just like his idol Bono, the frontman of the rock band U2, he also says »…One love, one life…«
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