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Pivovarna Laško Cycling Team | 2013
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Pivovarna Laško Cycling Team


We, the staff of Pivovarna Laško Cycling Team, are very happy to have you here for the presentation of the team, in what's going to be our second season and our first in the pro ranks. After a very good season in the Division 2, the goal for the team will be, first and foremost, to avoid relegation, while building a solid core for the team, to allow us to think of more ambitious goals in the near future.

Obviously, that will be a challenge for a team like us, which needs to be built pretty much from scratch, but we feel that, thanks to our sponsors and all the people who support us, we're ready for it. Precisely, I want to remind everyone that our sponsors for this season are:

Title Sponsor

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Pivovarna Laško


Laško Brewery is, fortunately, staying with us for another season, and they have already shown interest to keep their commitment with the team beyond the 2013 season. We are very happy about this because, beyond some tension for the team's weak start of the season, the relationship with them has always been very good.

Minor Sponsors

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png KRKA


The pharmaceutical company, with headquarters in Novo Mesto, not far away from ours in Laško, became very insterested in our team after our win in the GP Kranj. KRKA has always been very involved in sport sponsorship, and it was only a matter of time that they would enter in cycling. Of course, the best way was by sponsoring a local team.

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Akrapovic


It's not usual to see an exhaust system manufacturer being a sponsor in cycling, but Akrapovic was long waiting for the right chance to enter a sport sponsorship adventure, and we're honored that they chose us. Their expertise in composite materials will be helpful in collabration with Colnago as well, or so we hope.

Bike Sponsor

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Colnago


As we said, our partnership with Colnago is due to be a long term one, and we're very glad to keep working with them. Their experience was of much help in our first season, and we hope ot keeps being so.

Clothing Sponsor

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Žolna Šport


Last season we couldn't reach an agreement with them, but now that our team is more established it was easy to reach a deal with them. They have a good experience in cycling, as they are making the Slovenian Federation's clothes for many years already, so it felt right for them to work with Slovenia's only professional cycling team.

Helmet Sponsor

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/USA.png Giro


The American helmet manufacturer contacted us after our Univest GP win, asking us whether we had a helmet sponsor secured for the next season. It's clear what our answer was, and we are proud that our victories have helped us to get the collaboration of such an established company.

Finally, I would like to say thanks, once again, to the great ANFreeman for his amazing design for our jersey, we'll be very proud to wear it in the roads of all the world:


Edited by kumazan on 15-10-2012 17:06

Pivovarna Laško Cycling Team was created in 2012 with a clear idea, to become the Man-Game’s first Slovenian professional team. Before, we had to show that we were worth a spot there spending one season in the Division 2 of the Continental Tour. We didn’t have the best of the starts, but a very solid second part of the season meant the team finished in a very satisfactory 4th place in the Team Rankings, which, together with the enthusiasm shown by the team staff, riders and fans, and the great support of our sponsors, helped us get that precious spot in the Professional Continental Tour we’ll enjoy in the following season. Now, it’s time for the team to rebuild for a very different challenge, survival in the PCT.

2012 Season (D2) -> Link here!


i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/VEN.png José Chacón Climber 130,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano Hilly Classics 80,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Gino Delise Climber 75,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato Hilly Classics 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/CRO.png Tomislav Danculovic All Rounder 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/BEL.png Kenny Geluykens Cobbled Classics 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/FRA.png Arnaud Gérard Sprinter 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Marco Fabbri Sprinter 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Dean Podgornik Time Trialist 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Matic Strgar Time Trialist 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Vid Ogris Sprinter 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Dalibor Grželj Climber 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Robert Vrecer Climber 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Kristjan Fajt Climber 50,000€

i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Mitja Sribar Cobbled Classics 50,000€


Dubai GPCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/FRA.png Arnaud Gérard43rd
Nedbank Cycling ClassicCT.1i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano6th
Nedbank Cycling ClassicCT.1i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato9th
Tour of GeelongCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Matic Strgar10th
Kuurne-Bruxelles-KuurneCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/FRA.png Arnaud Gérard24th
Strada Appia AnticaCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/BEL.png Kenny Geluykens20th
Tour de San JuanCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Kristjan Fajt4th
Championships of ZurichCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano6th
GP Cycliste la MarseillaiseCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano17th
Ronde van BelgiëCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano22nd
Delta Tour ZeelandCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Mitja Sribar8th
Dutch Food Valley ClassicCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/BEL.png Kenny Geluykens26th
GP Miguel IndurainCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano6th
Klasika SniezkaCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano29th
Tour de Picardie (St.3)CT Division 2 (Stage)i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Marco Fabbri1st
Tour de PicardieCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Marco Fabbri5th
NeuseenclassicsCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Vid Ogris18th
GP KranjCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Matic Strgar1st
Univest GPCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano1st
Vuelta a Asturias (St.2)CT Division 2 (Stage)i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Kristjan Fajt1st
Vuelta a AsturiasCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Kristjan Fajt3rd
Tour de MarocCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato22nd
Settimana Coppi e BartaliCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Kristjan Fajt12th
Grand Prix ReunionCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/VEN.png José Chacon14th
Tour of PendleCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano7th
Tour of the Lowveld (St.1)CT Division 2 (Stage)i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato1st
Tour of the LowveldCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato1st
Tour of the LowveldCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano5th
Tour of the LowveldCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/CRO.png Tomislav Danculovic9th
Tour of South China SeaCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Marco Fabbri1st
Tour of UtahCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/VEN.png José Chacon17th
Chrono GatineauCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Dean Podgornik18th
GP IndustriaCT Division 2i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SLO.png Ricardo Serrano7th


Wins - 6
Other Podiums - 1
Top 5s - 3
Top 10s - 9

Most Wins - i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/ITA.png Marco Fabbri / i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Rubén Lobato (2)
Biggest Pointscorer - i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc62/jolly_anutnes/daily/SPA.png Ricardo Serrano (301)

Team Rankings

1Het Nieuwsblad Cycling Team1824
2American Express1565
3Team Cativen1337
4Pivovarna Laško Cycling Team1258
5Samsung-Mol Cycling Team1162
6Alstom - Bic Pro Cycling1064
7Team Kingspan Continental957
8Team Adecco935
9Team UPC925
10Team Metinvest - Slovnaft918
11Team Dyson899
12Ekspla-Maxima Cycling Team896
13Team Serbian Telecom855
15Team Petrobras - Banco do Brasil610
16Team Finnair-Nordea558
17Eurovision Cycling Team485
18Team Armavia440

Rider Rankings

1AnthonyColbyAmerican Express396
2SaïdHaddouAlstorm - Bic377
3GilbertoSampaioHet Nieuwsblad367
4FranciscoManceboTeam Kingspan Continental330
5Carlos AlbertoOspinaAmerican Express327
6MaximBurlutskyTeam Armavia320
7Luis FelipeLaverde JimenezTeam Cativen310
8RicardoSerranoPivovarna Laško301
9Ruben ElviraLobatoPivovarna Laško262
10Rubén DaríoLaverde VelezHet Nieuwsblad261
11FabioCiccareseTeam Cativen251
13DavidBeldaTeam Kingspan Continental236
14AdonisCardoso EspañolaAmerican Express221
15RuslanGrychenkoTeam Metinvest - Slovnaft216
18EdgarRestrepoTeam Cativen204
19IsidroNozalTeam UPC200
20YauhenSobalTeam Serbian Telecom195

Edited by kumazan on 20-10-2012 22:58

Edited by kumazan on 15-10-2012 09:18


10 Jan Badaling InternationalProTour
13 - 18 Jan Tour Down UnderC1 Asia
31 Jan Trofeo Luis PuigC2 Europe


1 Feb Tour of South China SeaC1 Asia
3 - 9 Feb Tour of South AfricaHC Africa
16 Feb GP PostojnaC2 Europe
22 - 25 Feb Giro del TrentinoHC Europe
28-feb GP di LuganoC1 Europe


8 Mar Kenya Mountain ClassicHC Africa
8 Mar Vilnius GPC2 Europe
10 - 16 Mar Olympia's TourC1 Europe
25 - 31 Mar Tour of TaiwanC1 Asia
28 - 30 Mar Corsica InternationalHC Europe


3 - 8 Apr Tropicale Amissa BongoC1 Africa
5 - 11 Apr Tour of VancouverHC America
15 Apr Hel van het MergellandC1 Europe
18 Apr Giro dell'AppellenioC1 Europe
20 Apr Donetsk GPC2 Europe


8 May GP of MoscowC1 Europe
10 - 15 May Tour de l'AinC1 Europe
15 May GP TunisC1 Africa
17 - 21 May Tour of the Czech RepublicHC Europe
27 May Tallinn - Tartu Grand PrixC1 Europe


2 - 7 Jun Azerbaijan TourC1 Asia
8 - 13 Jun Tour de SerbieC2 Europe
15-jun Schwarzwald ClassicC1 Europe
17 - 21 Jun Tour of EritreaC1 Africa
25 - 28 Jun Tour de SlovenieC1 Europe
26 - 28 Jun OberosterreichrundfahrtC2 Europe


1 Jul Rund um Bad HarzburgC1 Europe
3 Jul Zimnyanya GPC2 Europe
3 - 10 Jul Int. Osterreich RundfahrtC1 Europe
7 Jul Manx InternationalHC Europe
14 - 20 Jul USA Pro Cycling ChallengeHC America
23 - 27 Jul Sibiu TourC1 Europe
29 Jul Taldykorgan GPC1 Asia


1 Aug Nelspruit ClassicC1 Africa
2 Aug Clásica San SebastiánHC Europe
12 - 16 Aug Baltic Chain TourC1 Europe
12 - 18 Aug Tour of HellasHC Europe
18 Aug Tre Valli VaresineC2 Europe
23 - 27 Aug Tour de VineyardsC1 Asia
31 Aug Race Horizon ParkC1 Europe


11 Sep Zagreb - LjubljanaC1 Europe
20 Sep Grand prix de QuébecC1 America
22 Sep Grand Prix de MontréalC1 America


1 Oct Milano - TorinoC1 Europe
3 Oct Paris - ToursC1 Europe
5 Oct Giro dell'EmiliaHC Europe
23 Oct Japan CupHC Asia


- Win the Zagreb - Ljubliana


As a race finishing in our country's capital city, Zagreb - Ljubliana became our biggest goal since the very moment it was announced that it'd make part of the C1 calendar.

- Top 5 in the Tour de Slovenie


And, of course, the goal number two was our home tour, the Tour de Slovenie. Not having a full roster yet, only time will tell if the unusually soft route will be beneficial for us.

- Top 5 in the Tour of South Africa


With the team wanting to focus, again, in the hilly terrain, and some of our sponsors pushing us for a "exotic" goal, South Africa became the most logical conclusion.

- Top 10 in the Tour of the Czech Republic


Another hilly stage race, and in Central-Eastern Europe, which is a key market for one of our sponsors, who asked us to get some good TV time there.

- Top 10 in the i50.tinypic.com/33yqkk2.png Team Rankings

Finally, the Ranking goal. A top 10 isn't particularly bold, but a realistic, yet difficult, target for our first season in the PCT ranks.
Edited by kumazan on 20-01-2013 13:39

Edited by kumazan on 15-10-2012 09:20
Follow us!


Fans of our team, remember to follow us at our twitter account, @Pivo_LaskoCT. We'll try to be more active than last year, but at the very least you'll have a lot of transfer action there.

Transfer rumours

The top sports daily of Slovenia, Ekipa, had an article today featuring some rumours about possible transfers for our team, we leave the English trasnlation to keep you all up to date with everything.


The cycling transfer season is getting closer, and the staff of Pivovarna Laško is apparently already planning how the team will be formed in the transfer season. Two top Slovenian GC riders are free after the disbanding of their teams, Simon Spilak and Janez Brajkovic, and while the staff reckon that the former is out of their reach, Jani is the rider they'd love to have as team leader for the next season.

Would Jani be interested in heading back to Slovenia?

Still in the free agents market, we can find the punchy duo of Marko Kump and Blaz Furdi. Both of age 25, they are the most talented Slovenian puncheurs, leaving Spilak aside, and it's not wonder that the team is interested.

Kump (left) and Furdi (right) are reportedly in Pivovarna Laško's shortlist

Another free agent supposedly of interest for the staff of Pivovarna Laško is Luka Mezgec. Maybe the best Slovenian sprinter, he is willing to test himself in the pro ranks, and Pivovarna Laško would be the most logical choice, for both sides.

Luka Mezgec could be Pivovarna Laško's fastman

The last name that's being stronly rumoured to be a target for the Slovenian team is Heineken's Kristjan Koren. The timetrialist, who recently became national champion in his specialty, would be a great addition for the team, but it's unclear whether the newly promoted Heineken team would let who was their biggest pointscorer last season go.

Will Pivovarna Laško be able to get Koren?

It will be difficult for the team to get them all, but they won't give up in their goal of signing a Slovenian core to build the team around.

Official announcement

After lots of hours of negotiations in the team's HQ in Laško, finally the renewals stage has been left behind, with a satisfying result for the team. Only three riders will stay from last season's roster, with all of them being among the team's stage or race winners. We wish good luck to the riders who are not renewing with us, and want to thank them for their work for the team.

The riders who are staying are:

- Matic Strgar


The winner of our home race in the D2, the GP Kranj, is staying with us. He was a solid domestique all year round, and now we expect the same from him, taking into consideration the higher level.

- Kristjan Fajt


Kristjan got a great win in Asturias, and was our leading stage racer despite being signed to domestique for the Venezuelan Chacón. He knows his role will change, but he's excited to have a chance as a pro in a Slovenian team.

- Marco Fabbri


The Italian became our first ever stage winner in the Tour de Picardie, and he did it again in the Tour of South China Sea. Now, he has the chance to join the pro ranks, possibly as a leadout for any sprinter that may potentially sign for us.

HC calendar revealed

The spot allocations for next season's HC races has been revealed by the sport governing body, and we are very happy with the result, as the team got a place in all of our 12 preferred races. They are:

Tour of South Africa
Giro del Trentino
Kenya Mountain Classic
Corsica International
Tour of Vancouver
Tour of the Czech Republic
Manx International
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
i46.tinypic.com/2r1zihe.png Clásica San Sebastián
Tour of Hellas
Giro dell'Emilia
Japan Cup

So a good mix of mountains and hills, which shows the focus we'll have in the upcoming transfer season.

Good luck with your season, we will hardly meet in HC races. Totally different focus Grin
Check out my ManGame team here
Good stuff, one less rival for many targets in the transfers then. Pfft

Thanks. Smile
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