By Amina Nazarli
The Synergy Baku Cycling Project celebrated a successful weekend, as Matej Mugerli finished second on the final stage of the East Bohemia Tour, and Samir Jabrayilov third on the last stage of the U-23 Giro della Friuli held in Italy on September 12.
Mugerli and teammate Markus Eibegger were part of an early break group in Bohemia. The group took a four minute lead going into the four laps of the difficult closing circuit. On the last lap, Mugerli was still in the small leading group, from which one rider escaped to take the win. The Synergy Baku rider finished second, only six seconds down.
Eibegger was sixth at 56 seconds, and Maksym Averin tenth, finishing in the pack in the same time as Ioannis Tamouridis.
“Markus and I went in the break today with seven other riders,” Mugerli said. “My legs were good today. With a little more luck we could have won.”
On Saturday, Jabrayilov was also in an early attack group of seven riders in the closing stage in Friuli. He was able to keep the lead despite four climbs and push hard in the final, when the bunch quickly cut the gap to the escapees.
The small group broke into pieces on the last climb with just 1.5 kilometer to go. Jabrayilov took the slipstream of the two fastest colleagues, reaching the finish line behind them but 3 seconds ahead of the main group.
“It was a really fast stage, with a breakaway from the start,” said sport director Andrej Hauptman . “Samir was never entirely comfortable as the last five km were a climb, and the chasing group was rapidly approaching. It was a good test for him for the World Championships.”
“I am very happy with this result, and now feel I am on the right way for the World Championships race in Richmond,” said the 21-year-old from Baku, after his best result this season. Jabrayilov will take part in the U-23 Worlds road race.
Synergy Baku Cycling Project (UCI Team Code: BCP) is an Azerbaijani UCI Continental cycling team managed by Jeremy Hunt and sponsored by Synergy Group.