Mark Padun lands first professional contract with Bahrain-Merida
Oct 30 2017 11:34 pm CET

Mark Padun lands first professional contract with Bahrain-Merida
Mark Padun lands first professional contract with Bahrain-Merida
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BAHRAIN - MERIDA

Bahrain-Merida has signed neo-pro Mark Padun. The Ukrainian takes a step from the squad's development team and lands his first professional contract.

The rider has been one of the most promising riders from the U23 development team, Colpack, and joined Bahrain-Merida as a stagiaire last August. He rode for the first time with the squad at the Coppa Agostoni, where he was part of the breakaway for almost 160 kilometres.

"Mark is a very talented young rider. We were aware that he’s got talent and he confirmed his true value at the Agostoni," said General Manager of Bahrain-Merida Brent Copeland. "We’re very happy now to sign his first professional contract and we are very pleased to have such a talented neo-pro riding for us.

"We believe that in the professional category he will definitely show his true value. We have been following Mark closely in the past and he has proved what he is worth as a cyclist. A stage win and a 5th overall at the Giro as well as victories and good podium places in other international races show that he has what it takes to think about his move to the professional category."

In the 2017 season, Padun has taken the victory at the Trofeo Piva, the GP Capodarco and at one stage of the U23 Giro d'Italia, where he also took the 5th place in the GC.

"It was a very big pleasure to ride with a big Team like Bahrain-Merida as a trainee and an even bigger pleasure to sign an agreement as a pro rider," affirmed the Ukrainian. "The debut at the Coppa Agostoni was something special and to be with the team at the October Training Camp was very exciting too. There I could experience how precious it is for a rider to be supported by such a great staff.

"If I think back to a year ago, I believed that sooner or later I would succeed in becoming a pro rider, but if I go back two years, it was like something impossible. It was my big dream and I went to Italy to make it come true."

The rider comes to the team to learn from the most experienced riders and to support the leaders in the mountains. "I’m a GC rider. Races with a lot of climbs, like Ardennes Classics or Il Lombardia, suit me. I like hors catégorie climbs. Now I’m looking forward to starting training with the team for next year."
Image: Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling team logo





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