Jaroslav will be at least for the next two years racing in an factory Specialized Racing team. After long lasting negotiations he announced it at the yesterday´s press conference.
“It is not an easy time after the Olympic Games, a lot of teams have ended up and bike sales has not been perfect and it has been reflected in the sponsorship too. I didn´t want to reduce my demands rapidly, so our negotiations dragged on a bit. We de facto had agreed earlier but we had to discuss some details,” comments Jaroslav his new two-year contract. Ha has been racing on Specialized bikes since 2007. Approaching his probably last Olympic Games in Tokyo he has also signed the contracts with his personal partners – Maserati brand and Nutrend and Strabag companies.
Jaroslav is leaving today together with a part of the national team for the first training camp in Mallorca. He will start racing, as in previous seasons, on Cyprus, where he will be primarily getting ready for the first important race of the season – Cape Epic bike stage race, where he will compete with its last winner Swiss Christoph Sauser, although he has already finished with the professional cycling after the last victory in 2014.
“Although Susi announced the end of his career two years ago I persuaded him a bit to compete. I psyched him up saying that Karl Platt saw his five victories and it would be good to leap him. And his ego reflected it,” explains smiling Jaroslav. The opening race of the World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave and the World Championships in cross country and marathon will be other highlights of the season.