Discovery sign U23 TT champion

The Discovery Channel team's roster has extended to 28 with the announcement of the signing of the w

The Discovery Channel team’s roster has extended to 28 with the announcement of the signing of the w

PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The Discovery Channel team’s already lengthy list of new signings has been extended even further by the arrival of world under-23 time trial champion Janez Brajkovic. The Slovenian is the 28th member of the team and will join his new teammates at the team’s annual winter training camp in California on January 11. However, he is not set to turn professional until July 31. Team manager Johan Bruyneel was pleased to add Brajkovic to the Discovery roster. “We were looking to make another addition to the team and thought about taking a young rider,” said Bruyneel. “I saw Brajkovic’s result in the time trial at the Worlds and thought it was very impressive, as he beat the race favourite (Holland’s Thomas Dekker), who seemed, at least on paper, almost unbeatable. We did some research on him and talked with some other people and then saw his test results, and found them to be very promising. He then came to Belgium today and we tested him ourselves and saw the same results. I have a really good feeling about him. I think he can become a good bike rider.” This season Brajkovic won a stage and finished second overall at the prestigious GP William Tell, won the Trofeo Banca Popolare Piva and finished second in the European U23 time trial prior to pulling off his stunning ride to win gold at the Worlds. Brajkovic will return to his current team, Krka Novo Mesto, for the first half of the 2005 season and rejoin the Discovery Channel team at the end of July.