By Amina Nazarli
Matej Mugerli won the second stage of the Tour de Bretagne - running in northern France from April 25 to May 1.
It is his third team win for the Synergy Baku Cycling Project.
The Slovenian national champion soloed in to the finish line only two seconds ahead of the peloton to take the win, while his teammate Maksym Averin finished fifth on the day.
It was a strong performance and a big day as the team prepares for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan, and gives the whole team more confidence and a morale boost as they head to the first season highlight.
Mugerli had been part of a breakaway group which formed with 70 km to go in the race. Originally 15 riders strong, it was reduced to two riders, and with four kilometers left, Mugerli attacked and managed to hold on to his lead until the end.
“I am very happy to have won today,” Mugerli said. “I thank my teammates; we had things under control for the whole race. We have now shown that we are ready for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan.”
“I got into the break with 70 km to go. Most of the others were caught and with only 4 left, I attacked. Then it was full gas all the way!”
DS Jeremy Hunt declared himself “extremely happy with Matej’s win and how the team rode together to cover all the moves. And then Max finishing fifth shows the guys are going good. It was another tough day with the rain, but great win on a hard day.”
Before joining the Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the 2015 season, Matej spent the last three years with the Slovenian Adria Mobil team. His years at Adria Mobil were successful, as he had ten wins.
The international stage race 2015 Tour d’Azerbaidjan will be held on May 6-10, 2015. At least 24 teams from around the world will tackle the competition. The line-up so far features four Professional Continental teams, 16 Continental teams, and four national teams.