Mezgec continues successful 2017 with Slovenian ‘cross title

The national Slovenian road race champion in June, ‘cross national champion in July, Luka Mezgec has completed a hat-trick of titles in 2017 by taking out the ‘cross title

The versatile Orica-Scott rider also won a stage of the Tour of Slovenia and wore the race leader’s jersey for a day in a memorable quartet of home victories for 2017.

Signed to Orica-Scott to bolster its lead-out train from 2016, the 29-year-old enjoyed his most successful season since 2014 on the road, also claiming the Veenendaal Veenendaal Classic. While the road remains Mezgec’s primary focus, he explained that once he claimed the mountain bike national title, he set his off-season sights on the ‘hat-trick’.

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“It was really special to take the MTB title again this year and then I knew I had to have a go at the cyclo-cross title also,” Mezgec said. “There aren’t really any Slovenian specialists in cyclo-cross which made it a unique opportunity for me to win three national titles in one year.”

Mezgec added that upon winning his first road title, after two silver medals, his thoughts turned to another mountain bike title having started his cycling career racing off-road and enjoyed success before his full-time switch.

“When I won the road title, I thought it was once in a life time chance to win both events (road and mountain bike championships) in the same year,” Mezgec said. “I had a break before the mountain bike event so it wasn’t actually ideal preparation but I was quite confident I could do a good result so I decided to race it. I always ride MTB in the off-season and I have raced a lot before.

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