Jan Tratnik

  • Place of Birth Ljubljana
  • Nationality Slovenia Slovenia
  • Specialty TIME TRIAL SPECIALIST, Classics
  • UCI Ranking 321
  • Social Media

_Q&A

Your favourite race and climb?

Favourite race– Strade Bianche. Favourite climb – Vršič (Slovenia)

Your best or most memorable result in pro cycling?

16th stage on Giro d’Italia

Describe the feeling of that Giro stage win?

It was just amazing, when I crossed finish line I even wasn’t sure if is true, so inside of me were a lot of emotions. I think this stage win change my mindset. Now I showed to myself that I can win also on biggest races. So for sure this give me a lot of confidence.

You joined cycling at 17, was making it pro the only thing you had in mind?

I don’t think. I remember that when I was 17, I went on bike just to have fun and didn’t think what future will bring, because first year was quite hard with many crashes, bad results… But then year after year was my wish to become PRO.

How has cycling changed in Slovenia since you started?

I can see on the road that many people buy bicycle and ride a lot. Before I saw people mostly on mountain bike, but now many of them ride on the road bikes. I can also see that more people recognize our success. And I can say that people in Slovenia respect more cyclist on the road when we are training.

What are your thoughts on the Merida Reacto you will be racing this season?

Is just amazing bike. New model is really good and fast. So I’m really happy that I can ride this bike/model.

What are your personal ambitions for the season?

My personal ambitions for this year are to improve again [on last season], to help my teammates and hope I can deliver some good results for Bahrain Victorious!

Time trial cyclist like you are unsung heroes, how do you enjoy your role within the team?

I know what I’m capable to do, so even if I can’t get a good result in one particular stage when it’s not suited to me, I will always try to help the team in their goals – we are all working towards one goal and I can help towards achieving the objectives.

From your perspective, why are TT specialists so important to have among stage race
especially Grand Tours?

We can perform well on every terrain, especially me. So, I can pull on the front for a long time and if you have good time trialist, you can burn one guy instead of two team members to help.

Would you introduce us those sports that you enjoy doing away from cycling?

I like to run all season long! Also during the cycling season, I venture out for a 20-30min run at home if I don’t have racing. So… for the whole year, I am doing something active every day. Aside from running and cycling, I do a lot of XC skiing during winter, hiking in [the] mountains, swimming and yoga – I love sports!

Top Results in Last Five Seasons
  • 1.

    National Championships Slovenia - ITT 23rd June, 2022,

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    National Championships Slovenia - ITT 17th June, 2021,

  • 2.

    Giro d'Italia - Stage 14 22nd May, 2021,

  • 2.

    CRO Race - Stage 6 6th October, 2019,

  • 1.

    Tour de Romandie - Prologue 30th April, 2019,

  • 2.

    Czech Cycling Tour - Stage 2 11th August, 2017,

  • 1.

    Okolo Slovenska - Points classification 11th June, 2017,

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    Okolo Slovenska 11th June, 2017,

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    Okolo Slovenska - Prologue 7th June, 2017,

  • 1.

    Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali - Stage 1b (TTT) 23rd March, 2017,

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