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Barnabás Peák: Knocking at World Tour’s door

Barnabas Peak Interview

It’s been some time since Hungary has had a pro rider at the biggest level, but things look like they are about to change, and that’s thanks to Barnabás Peák; hailing from Budapest, this talented all-rounder has steadily moved through the ranks with perseverance in just a few years, showcasing his potential, big engine and catching the eye of many teams.

Since bursting onto the U23 scene in 2017, Barnabás has forged his own path, building a palmares that after just two seasons includes both Elite National Championships titles, Beograd-Banjaluka, GP Kranj and a string of top 10 overall results at the Tour of Hungary, Vuelta al Bidasoa (where he also took a stage after an explosive finish), Paris-Arras Tour and the Tour of Serbia, many of these results being made even more impressive by the fact they came against seasoned riders and professional teams.

Currently racing at the Tour de l’Avenir, arguably the most prestigious multi-stage event for amateur riders, the 19-year-old will fly afterwards from France to Belgium to join World Tour team leader Quick-Step Floors – the most successful squad of 2018 – for which he’ll ride as a stagiaire in the closing weeks of the season, a chance he is ready to grab with both hands and show what he is really made of.

Before that happens, I got to interview Barnabás and find out more about his background and the expectations he nurtures.

– Barnabás, how did you start cycling?

It all began in the winter of 2014, at the age of 16, so my first season was as a junior. Chris Froome’s ride at the Vuelta a España inspired me a lot that year, I decided to pick up cycling because of him and his performance. In the meantime, cycling has become more and more popular in my country, we have some good teams now, people begin appreciating the results you get and have a real interest in cycling, and that motivated me as well.

– How did you end up at the World Cycling Center team?

We had our first contact in January last year, and I raced for them ever since in some really important events and got to learn a lot, but things have changed lately there and I am looking forward to change the scenery next season.

– In 2017, you had a breakthrough season, with several wins and podium finishes.

Yes, it was a good season for me, I gained a lot of confidence and developed my skills, but since then I came to realize that the level of the races where I was prominent wasn’t so high at it should have been, so I am happy that I could improve since then and be more competitive at the harder races this year.

– You also came very close to winning the Tour of Hungary, missing out on the overall victory for a mere two seconds, but in some special circumstances.

Indeed, I broke my collarbone during stage 3, so holding onto my second place in the general classification and taking home the best young rider jersey felt like a win.

– This season brought you victories in one-day races, stage races and at the National Championships. Which of these was the most important?

I’d say the Nationals, winning both the road race and the individual time trial gave me great satisfaction. It wasn’t easy, as I had a big target on my back and some pressure compared to last year, and that’s why I rate these victories as the most important so far.

– After two U23 seasons, what would you say that are your main strengths and what is it that you would still like to improve?

I feel that I have a lot of power now, but still lack skills to get results, which is frustrating. I have a good power peak for my weight, but despite this, I am far from the best in the decisive moments of the races, so there’s still plenty of work to be done.

– This week you are lining up at the start of the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. What are your goals?

I am looking forward to it, but I don’t know what to expect. The course is again mountainous, especially in the second part, but before reaching the climbs I will try hard to seize any opportunity I’ll get.

– You joined Quick-Step Floors last winter for their first training camp in Calpe, and after L’Avenir, you’ll race with their jersey for the remainder of the season. What are your expectations?

Having the chance to train with them was a great experience and I really enjoyed their professionalism and the high level and attention for every single detail. I can’t wait to pin a number on the Quick-Step Floors jersey and to be in a very good shape for the races I will do with the squad. My dream is to win a Classic as a pro, preferably arriving solo. I think my characteristics match those of the team and there is no better place to learn how to race than as part of the Quick-Step Floors squad.


2018 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2018 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2018/19 Confirmed Transfers


In: Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Larry Warbasse.

Out: Jan Bakelants, Rudy Barbier, Cyril Gautier, Matteo Montaguti.

Androni Giocattoli

In: Matteo Busato, Daniel Muñoz, Mattia Viel.

Out: Davide Ballerini, Luca Chirico, Matteo Malucelli, Ivan Sosa.

Aqua Blue Sport

Out: Shane Archbold, Adam Blythe, Matthew Brammeier (retired), Mark Christian, Stefan Denifl, Eddie Dunbar, Conor Dunne, Andrew Fenn, Aaron Gate, Lasse Norman Hansen, Peter Koning, Michel Kreder, Dan Pearson, Casper Pedersen, Larry Warbasse, Calvin Watson (retired).


In: Davide Ballerini, Manuele Boaro, Rodrigo Contreras, Jonas Gregaard, Merhawi Kudus, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Yuriy Natarov.

Out: Oscar Gatto, Jesper Hansen, Tanel Kangert, Truls Korsaeth (retired), Moreno Moser, Michael Valgren.


In: Phil Bauhaus, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Andrea Garosio, Marcel Sieberg, Dylan Teuns, Jan Tratnik, Stephen Williams.

Out: Manuele Boaro, Niccolo Bonifazio, Borut Bozic (retired), Enrico Gasparotto, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Ramunas Navardauskas, Franco Pellizotti (retired), David Per, Kanstantsin Sioutsou (fired after testing positive), Giovanni Visconti.


In: Luca Covili, Alessandro Pessot, Francesco Romano.

Out: Simone Andreetta, Giulio Ciccone, Simone Sterbini.


In: Jean-Pierre Drucker, Oscar Gatto, Maximilian Schachmann.

Out: Matteo Pelucchi, Michal Kolar (retired), Aleksejs Saramotins.


In: Jetse Bol, Angel Madrazo, Manuel Peñalver, Ricardo Vilela.

Out: Adrian Gonzales, Matvey Mamykin, Ibai Salas (fired after testing positive), Jordi Simon, Pablo Torres.

Caja Rural

In: Jon Aberasturi, Alan Banaszek, Xavi Canellas, David Gonzales, Domingos Gonçalves, Matteo Malucelli.

Out: Fabricio Ferrari, Lluis Mas, Nick Schultz, Yannis Yssaad.


In: Amaro Antunes, William Barta, Pawel Bernas, Josef Cerny, Victor de la Parte, Simon Geschke, Kamil Gradek, Jakub Mareczko, Łukasz Owsian, Serge Pauwels, Szymon Sajnok, Laurens ten Dam, Gijs Van Hoecke, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Lukasz Wisniowski.

Out: Alan Banaszek, Alberto Bettiol, Tom Bohli, Brent Bookwalter, Piotr Brozyna, Damiano Caruso, Pawel Cieslik, Rohan Dennis, Jean-Pierre Drucker, Pawel Franczak, Kilian Frankiny, Simon Gerrans (retired), Jonas Koch, Marco Kump, Stefan Küng, Adrian Kurek, Kamil Malecki, Michal Paluta, Leszek Plucinski, Richie Porte, Nicolas Roche, Jürgen Roelandts, Michal Schlegel, Miles Scotson, Frantisek Sisr, Patrik Stosz, Mateusz Taciak, Dylan Teuns, Tejay van Garderen, Loïc Vliegen, Danilo Wyss.


In: Filippo Fortin, Jesper Hansen, Victor Lafay, Marco Mathis, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Damien Touzé, Zico Waeytens.

Out: Dorian Godon, Daniel Navarro, Anthony Turgis, Jimmy Turgis, Michael Van Staeyen.


In: Dries De Bondt, Stijn Devolder, Lasse Norman Hansen, Roy Jans, Jonas Rickaert, Joeri Stallaert.

Out: Adam Toupalik.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

In: Remco Evenepoel.

Out: Laurens De Plus, Jhonatan Narvaez, Maximilian Schachmann, Niki Terpstra.

Delko Marseille

In: Alessandro Fedelli, Eduard Grosu, Alexis Guerin, Rémy Rochas, Fabien Schmidt.

Out: Yannick Martinez, John Anderson Rodriguez.

Dimension Data

In: Lars Bak, Stefan De Bod, Enrico Gasparotto, Roman Kreuziger, Gino Mader, Giacomo Nizzolo, Rasmus Tiller, Michael Valgren, Danilo Wyss.

Out: Igor Anton (retired), Nicolas Dougall, Merhawi Kudus, Lachlan Morton, Serge Pauwels, Scott Thwaites.

Direct Energie

In: Niccolo Bonifazio, Mathieu Burgaudeau, Pim Ligthart, Niki Terpstra, Anthony Turgis.

Out: Sylvain Chavanel (retired), Jérémy Cornu.

EF Education First

In: Sean Bennett, Alberto Bettiol, Jonathan Caicedo, Moreno Hofland, Tanel Kangert, Julius van den Berg, Tejay van Garderen, Luis Villalobos, James Whelan.

Out: William Clarke, Kim Magnusson, Pierre Rolland.


In: Beñat Intxausti.

Out: Jon Aberasturi, Rémy Di Gregorio (retired), Julien Loubet (retired), Eduard Prades.


In: André Greipel, Thibault Guernalec, Alan Riou, Robert Wagner.

Out: Michael Carbel, Armindo Fonseca (retired), Arnaud Gerard (retired), Sindre Lunke, Pierre-Luc Périchon.


In: Petr Rikunov, Vladislav Kulikov, Alexander Kulikovskiy, Denis Nekrasov.


In: Kilian Frankiny, Stefan Küng, Miles Scotson.

Out: Davide Cimolai, Jérémy Roy (retired), Arthur Vichot.

Hagens Berman Axeon

In: Karel Vacek.

Out: William Barta, Sean Bennett, Ivo Oliveira, Rui Oliveira.

Israel Cycling Academy

In: Rudy Barbier, Matthias Brändle.

Out: Aviv Yechezkel (retired).


In: Laurens De Plus, Lennard Hofstede, Tony Martin, Mike Teunissen, Taco van der Hoorn, Jonas Vingegaard.

Out: Enrico Battaglin, Lars Boom, Bram Tankink (retired), Gijs Van Hoecke, Robert Wagner.


In: Enrico Battaglin, Jens Debusschere, Ruben Guerreiro, Daniel Navarro, Harry Tanfield.

Out: Robert Kiserlovski (retired), Maurits Lammertink, Tiago Machado, Tony Martin, Marco Mathis, Baptiste Planckaert.


In: Adam Blythe, Stan Dewulf, Caleb Ewan, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Rasmus Iversen, Roger Kluge, Brian van Goethem, Harm Vanhoucke.

Out: Lars Bak, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Moreno Hofland, Marcel Sieberg, Robert Wagner.

Manzana Postobon

Out: Jetse Bol, Juan Sebastian Molano, Ricardo Vilela.


In: Edoardo Affini, Brent Bookwalter, Tsgabu Grmay, Callum Scotson, Nick Schultz, Dion Smith, Robert Stannard.

Out: Caleb Ewan, Roger Kluge, Roman Kreuziger, Robert Power, Svein Tuft, Carlos Verona.


In: Lluis Mas, Eduard Prades, Jürgen Roelandts, Carlos Verona.

Out: Nuno Bico, Victor de la Parte.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

In: Juan Jose Lobato, Giovanni Lonardi, Moreno Moser, Alejandro Osorio.

Out: Damiano Cunego (retired), Eduard Grosu, Alan Marangoni (retired).

Novo Nordisk

In: Oliver Behringer, Declan Irvine, Sam Munday, Ulugbek Saidov.

Rally Cycling

In: Pier-André Coté, Gavin Mannion, John Murphy.

Out: Brad Huff (retired), Danny Pate (retired).

Riwal Readynez

In: Rasmus Bøgh, Nicolai Brøchner, Michael Carbel, Lucas Eriksson, Krister Hagen, Alexander Kamp, Sindre Lunke, Kim Magnusson, Rasmus Quaade, Torkil Veyhe, Emil Vinjebo.


In: Lars Boom, Maurits Lammertink, Justin Timmermans, Boy Van Poppel, Michael Van Staeyen.

Out: Tim Ariesen, Martijn Budding, Robbert De Greef, Floris Gerts, Pim Ligthart, Taco van der Hoorn, Etienne Van Empel, Brian van Goethem, Coen Vermeltfoort, Wouter Wippert.


In: Eddie Dunbar, Filippo Ganna, Jhonatan Narvaez, Ben Swift.

Out: Sergio Henao, Beñat Intxausti, Lukasz Wisniowski.

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

In: Sasha Weemaes.

Out: Aimé De Gendt, Maxime Farazijn, Dries Van Gestel.


In: Jan Bakelants, Cees Bol, Marc Hirschi, Max Kanter, Asbjørn Kragh Andersen, Joris Nieuwenhuis, Casper Pedersen, Robert Power, Nicolas Roche.

Out: Phil Bauhaus, Roy Curvers (retired), Simon Geschke, Lennard Hofstede, Laurens ten Dam, Mike Teunissen, Edward Theuns.


In: Umberto Marengo, Sebastian Schönberger.

Out: Matteo Busato, Jakub Mareczko.


In: Giulio Ciccone, William Clarke, Alex Kirsch, Matteo Moschetti, Richie Porte, Edward Theuns.

Out: Matthias Brändle, Laurent Didier (retired), Tsgabu Grmay, Ruben Guerreiro, Giacomo Nizzolo, Gregory Rast (retired), Boy Van Poppel.

UAE Team Emirates

In: Tom Bohli, Alessandro Covi, Sergio Henao, Ivo Oliveira, Rui Oliveira, Juan Sebastian Molano, Cristian Muñoz, Tadej Pogacar.

Out: Matteo Bono (retired), Rui Costa, Filippo Ganna, Przemysław Niemiec (retired), Ben Swift.


Out: Gavin Mannion.

Vital Concept

In: Maxime Cam, Cyril Gautier, Pierre Rolland, Jimmy Turgis, Arthur Vichot.

Out: Erwann Corbel, Tanguy Turgis (retired).

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Aimé De Gendt, Alfdan De Decker, Loïc Vliegen.

Out: Dion Smith, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck.

WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic

In: Emils Liepins, Kenny Molly, Aksel Nõmmela, Baptiste Planckaert, Lionel Taminiaux, Tom Wirtgen.

Out: Sébastien Delfosse (retired), Gregory Habeaux (retired), Alex Kirsch.

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