Barnabás Peák joined the Academy ahead of the 2019 season after completing a traineeship with WorldTour’s Quick-Step Floors. The young Hungarian, who currently holds the double crown as Elite National Champion in the road race and time trial disciplines, landed a spot in the Academy roster after two seasons at the UCI World Cycling Center Team. However, Peák it is a late-comer to the sport as it was not until he was 16 years old that he started things seriously with cycling. “I began my cycling journey in November 2014 as I was certainly inspired by the performances at the Tour of Spain a month before that. I felt an instant connection to it, and I decided to stop the sport that I was doing, rowing, and give it all on the bike”.
The soon-to-be 20-year old, underwent his early days with Hungary’s Kontent DKSI and combined road racing and CX action. Before the 2017 season started, Peák received interest from the WCC team and decided to move to Switzerland in order to keep on improving not only on the cycling side but also in the personal one. The talented all-rounder completed two solid years in the UCI team, seizing 3 wins in 2017 as well as a stage win and a third place overall in the hard-fought 2018 Vuelta al Bidasoa, in the Basque Country.
The upward trend in Peák’s development caught the eye of one of the strongest teams in the WorldTour division, Quick-Step Floors, which offered him the chance of completing a traineeship at the end of 2018. He did not lose the opportunity to show himself and ended the season with a Top 10 finish in 1.HC’s Gran Piemonte. “Throughout these years and experiences, I have learned a lot how to save energy and how to position myself before the finals and key parts of the race. I am grateful to everyone that influenced in my development, and I think that I am in the right place to keep on going”.