Bárnabas ‘Barney’ Peák, he came as Hungarian champion and left as WorldTour rider.
What about him?
Bárnabas arrived to the Academy ahead of the 2019 season from the UCI World Men Team and a traineeship at Quick-Step Floors. He was the current U23 and Elite Hungarian Champion in both disciplines, which allowed him to wear a really stylish jersey that made him stand out in the peloton.
How did he perform?
Barnabás showed the type of rider that he is in Tour de Normandie. After crashing hard in the opening stage, the Hungarian Champion did not only bounced back, but he got into the breakaway of the fifth stage of the race and held off the peloton alone in the last 10 km, powering to a superb solo win. He had good performances at some of the best races in the program such as finishing second in a stage at the Giro d’Italia U23 and wrapping up the Tour de l’Avenir in 15th place overall.
What was next after the Academy?
Working together with our Performance Staff showed some major improvements in Peák’s behavior already early in the season, and several WorldTour teams kept him in their wishlist. The Hungarian rider found in Mitchelton-Scott the best development program and the right tools to keep on growing as a bike rider. The Australian-based WorldTour squad took him as a trainee already for the final part of the season, so he could learn all about the team for the next two years. After that stint in the Australian WorldTour squad, Barney set new roots at Intermarché Wanty Gobert, where he became a main rider in the one-day races and a trusted element in the lead-out train, participating in a big number of wins lodged by the team in the 2022 season.