Janez Brajkovic: Live and learn

The first part of the season didn't go to plan, but there were some moments where I felt good and was back up there with the top guys again. After the Tour of Dubai, I was supposed to do Ruta del Sol, and coming into that race I was really strong. But then that first day crashed happened, and I injured my back. I rode two more stages and then just dropped out. I couldn't do it anymore. It took me a good two weeks to recover from because it was an open wound and it wouldn't heal. It got infected as well. As soon as I got better I went to Tenerife to do some training, and prepare for Critérium International, where I did pretty well.

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Slovenian rider Janez Brajkovic is the newest addition to the US-based Professional Continental team UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling in 2015. He is a climber and general classification contender with career highlights that include winning the under-23 World Championship time trial in 2004, riding into a ninth place overall in the 2012 Tour de France, and overall victories at the 2012 Tour of Slovenia, 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné and 2007 Tour de Georgia. During his career, he has raced for WorldTour teams Discovery Channel, RadioShack and Astana.