Despite both having been members of the Specialized Racing team for years, Jaroslav Kulhavý and Simon Andreassen have never raced as a team before. The pair will be making their debut as a squad, in Graubünden, at the Swiss Epic.
The battles between Jaroslav Kulhavý and Nino Schurter are stuff of legend. In 2012, the Czech got the better of the Swiss rider in the London Olympics. Four years later Schurter got his revenge. Their cross-country battles have carried over to stage racing too, with Kulhavý having won three Absa Cape Epic titles, to Schurter’s two. In 2020, the battle ground will be Schurter’s home canton of Graubünden and the two old foes will do battle once more. This time, though, Kulhavý has a new partner, the young Dane, Simon Andreassen.
Competing as Specialized Racing the pair team up for the first time. “It will be a big honour for me to ride next to Jaro [Kulhavý]” Andreassen admitted. “He is one of the most successful stage racers ever and I am sure I’ll be able to push myself even further with him alongside me. I am really looking forward to teaming up with him at the Swiss Epic and see what we can do together.”
Simon Andreassen and Christoph Sauser of Investec Songo Specialized 2 during the Prologue of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa on the 17th March 2019.
Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic
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