Team BikeExchange-Jayco is pleased to confirm the contract renewal of Slovenian climber Urška Žigartthrough to 2024, as the 25-year-old commits to two more seasons, after finding her feet quickly, feeling ‘comfortable’ within the Australian squad.
Žigart enjoyed her first professional victory with the team in May last year after an exceptional 60km solo breakaway during Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, where she displayed to the team and the world her true pedigree of grit and resilience, holding off a fast-chasing peloton to take the special victory.
Since joining Team BikeExchange-Jayco in January 2021, Žigart has selflessly worked to help her teammates day-in-day-out, during a wide variety of races, with GreenEDGE Cycling thrilled to see the Slovenian commit to two more seasons, as a fairly ‘new’ but important member of the Australian outfit on and off the bike.
Brent Copeland – General Manager
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the contract renewal of Urška Žigart. She has had a hard year outside of racing, but the way Urška handled herself was incredible and only shows what a gutsy and determined rider and person she is. With her motivation and determination she can still improve a lot and become an even more important rider and team player for our squad.
Over the past two years we have seen her grow and find her place within the team, she is a talented climber and commits 100% to going for the result herself or as a valued and hardworking teammate. It will be great to see what she can achieve over the next two seasons and we’re lucky to have her continue with us.”
“I am really happy to be continuing, I think that I have found my place within the team, I feel comfortable and at home. The atmosphere is what I was expecting when I first signed with the team and I feel like I belong here, so that is why I decided it is a good thing for me to stay and continue growing here.
I feel like I have a lot more potential to fulfil. I want to continue learning and especially with my skills but to also help the other girls get the best results. Of course, the one day that I can race for my own result I will also be really happy, but that is not my main motivation, I want to continue helping the girls and get better and better myself.”
Date of Birth: 4th December 1996 (25)
Joined GreenEDGE Cycling: 2021
New Contract: 2023 & 2024
1st 2x Slovenian Championships – Time Trial (2022, 2020)
1st Setmana Ciclista Valenciana (2021)
3rd Slovenian Championships – Road Race (2021, 2020, 2019)
7th Tour de Feminini ITT (2021)
8th Emakumeen Nafarroako Women’s Classic (2022)
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