Janez Brajkovič

Janez Brajkovič

Brajkovič at the 2012 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Janez Brajkovič
Nickname JB Junior[1][2]
Born (1983-12-18) 18 December 1983
Metlika, Slovenia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current team UnitedHealthcare
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-trialist
Professional team(s)
2005 KRKA–Adria Mobil
2005–2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2009 Astana
2010–2011 Team RadioShack
2012–2014 Astana
2015– UnitedHealthcare
Major wins

Stage races

Critérium du Dauphiné (2010)
Tour de Georgia (2007)
Tour of Slovenia (2012)

One-day races

World Under-23 Time Trial Championships (2004)
National Time Trial Championships (2009, 2011)
Infobox last updated on
30 October 2014

Janez Brajkovič (born 18 December 1983) is a racing cyclist from Metlika, Slovenia. He was the world under-23 Time Trial champion in Verona and rides for UCI Professional Continental Team UnitedHealthcare.[3]


Before he turned professional, Brajkovic won the World U-23 TT by beating pre-race favourite Thomas Dekker (formerly of Silence-Lotto) by 18 seconds, with a time of 46:56.39 with an average speed of 46.975 km/h.

Team Discovery (2005–2007)

Brajkovič joined Discovery Channel midway through the 2005 season. Brajkovič was signed up as a first year professional but missed the first half of the 2005 season due to contractual obligations (he was with KRKA – Adria Mobil). In July he turned professional and his debut race in the Eneco Tour and had a brilliant debut start. He finished 7th in the time trial, helped sprinter Max van Heeswijk win two stages, and finished in the top 20 in the General Classification won by Bobby Julich of Team CSC. But to prove it was no fluke he finished 14th in the time trial in the Deutschland Tour, and in the top 20 in the 2005 UCI World Road Race Championships in Madrid.

Brajkovič started 2006 impressively as well, finished 4th in the final time trial of Tour de Suisse 5th overall in the General Classification, and at 22 turned out to be Discovery's strongest rider in the race. Before that, in the Volta a Catalunya (Tour of Catalunya), he took 3rd in the stage 1 TT, 7th in stage 4 2:37 behind stage winner Carlos Castano (Kaiku), and 5th overall just 48 seconds down on over GC winner David Cañada (Saunier Duval-Prodir). He did not get to ride the Tour de France, but raced the Vuelta a España where he finished second on the first mountain stage, after getting beaten by Danilo Di Luca in the sprint at the summit. After finishing fourth in the second mountain stage to the Alto de El Morredero, he took the lead in the general classification, giving him the leader's jersey in a major tour for the first time in his young career.

On 22 April 2007 Brajkovič won the Tour de Georgia for his first win as a professional. He then endured a dryer spell where he further acclimatised to regular top level competition before finishing an impressive second to Damiano Cunego at the end of season classic Giro di Lombardia.

Team Astana (2008–2009)

In 2008 Brajkovič raced in the Tour of California, Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Settimana Ciclistica, Volta a Catalunya, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, National Road Championship Slovenia, Tour of Austria, Deutschland Tour, World Championships, Military World Championship, Coppa Sabatini, Giro dell'Emilia, G.P. Beghelli and the Tour of Lombardy.

in 2009, Brajkovič took the Leader Jersey in Stage 2 of the Giro del Trentino and held it until Ivan Basso took it on the final climb in Stage 4. Showing strong form, he rode in support of Levi Leipheimer in the Giro d'Italia.

Team Radioshack (2010–2011)

Following the 2009 season, Brajkovič left Astana for Team RadioShack, joining many of his former Astana teammates and manager Johan Bruyneel. During the 2010 season, he won the Critérium du Dauphiné after being able to follow Tour de France champion Alberto Contador in the mountains and besting him in the longer time trial of the race. Following this victory, he was selected by the team to ride in his first Tour de France, mainly to support Lance Armstrong. His 2011 Tour de France with Team Radioshack ended early on stage 5 after a crash prevented him from finishing.

Team Astana (2012–2014)

On 30 September 2011, it was announced that Brajkovič would be returning to Astana for the 2012 season.[3] He won the Tour of Slovenia in 2012. Brajkovic later rode the 2012 Tour de France where he ended up finishing 9th overall. After having a relatively quiet 2013 season, Brajkovic wore the Maillot Rojo after his team won the stage 1 team time trial in the Vuelta A Espana. He wore it for 1 day and then lost it to teammate Vincenzo Nibali. The 2014 season was statistically the worst year of Brajkovic's career. He failed to record a stage win for the first time in his career, which was attributed to many injuries and illnesses.

Team UnitedHealthcare (2015–)

On 29 October 2014, it was announced that Brajkovič would be joining professional continental team UnitedHealthcare after 3 seasons at Astana. Brajkovic expressed interest in wanting to return and ride in the United States. This will be Brajkovic's third different American team in his career.[4]

Career achievements

Major results

1st World U23 Championship Individual Time Trial
2nd European U23 Championship Individual Time Trial
2nd Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
2nd GP Tell
3rd Giro del Belvedere
1st Stage 3 Jadranska Magistrala
3rd European U23 Championship Individual Time Trial
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
Vuelta a España
Held after Stages 7 and 8
1st Overall Tour de Georgia
1st Youth classification
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Overall Deutschland Tour
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st  Slovenia National Time Trial Champion
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 3 ITT
4th Overall Giro di Sardegna
4th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
9th Overall Tour of California
1st  Slovenia National Time Trial Champion
3rd Overall Tour of Utah
7th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3 Volta a Catalunya
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Overall Tour de France
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held after Stage 1
Combativity award Stage 1
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
4th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Overall Tour of the Gila

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 18 WD
Yellow jersey Tour 43 WD 9 WD
red jersey Vuelta 30 WD 22 26

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


  1. After his shared initials and physical resemblance with Johan Bruyneel
  2. http://www.astana-cyclingteam.com/JBJuniorBlog.aspx
  3. 1 2 "Brajkovic joins Astana". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Agence France-Presse. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brajkovic-signs-for-unitedhealthcare
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