Bahrain Victorious is delighted to announce the signings of promising youngsters Cameron Scott, Rainer Kepplinger and Fran Miholjevic for the upcoming 2023 season.
The Croatian 20-year-old Fran Miholjevic is already joining the team as a stagiaire this season. Bahrain Victorious worked closely with Fran in the past season as a rider of the Cycling Team Friuli ASD, which Bahrain Victorious works in collaboration with to develop and scout young talented riders. Fran took brilliant results recently, like the solo stage win at the Giro di Sicilia against several WorldTour professionals. The young Miholjevic also excelled as a TT specialist: he recently won the Silver medal at the European Continental Championships U23 and the Gold medal at the Elite National Championships in Croatia.
Fran is looking forward to his step up to the WorldTour: “It is a dream and a pleasure to sign with this Bahrain Victorious. I know the team well as they support my previous squad, the CTF. From the training camps, I did with Bahrain Victorious, I have seen the attention to detail when it comes to performance, so I do not doubt that I will be able to develop and improve in the best way possible.
I look forward to this new chapter and will give my all to leave a mark”.
Bahrain Victorious will count on the talented 24-year-old Australian sprinter Cameron Scott from January 1st 2023.
Matt Wilson, CEO of Scott’s actual team, Australian Cycling Academy Ltd, comments: “It is with tremendous pride that we make this announcement today that Cameron will join one of the top World Tour teams in Bahrain Victorious for the next two years. Cameron has been with the Australian Cycling Academy since its inception in 2018. His development and professionalism are a testament to himself and to the work of our dedicated and passionate staff.
Cameron has had many setbacks over the years, but despite that, he has shown character and belief to overcome them and is now set to show what he can do on the world’s biggest stage.”
Cameron has in his Palmares as top results in 2018 a stage victory at Tour of Qinghai Lake, the U23 National criterium title, a stage at the Tour of NZ, and several NRS races. Recently he won the one-day race Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo. He also had a track sprinting background, with multiple appearances with the Australian National Team. In the Teams Pursuit, he won the UCI World Championships in 2019.
Cameron comments on the signing: “I’m very happy and excited to join the WorldTour with team Bahrain Victorious for the 2023/24 seasons. Racing in the world tour has been a lifelong goal for me, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to achieve this with such a great team.”
The other promising young rider who will debut in the WorldTour with Bahrain Victorious in 2023 is Rainer Kepplinger.
The 24-year-old Austrian rider joined the cycling world only about a year ago after excelling at rowing, becoming a member of the Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang team. They discovered his talent at an eCycling event, which he won on his first attempt. This year he impressively took the Silver medal at the ITT National Championships and won the Overall at the Raiffeisen Oberösterreich Rundfahrt.
Rainer Kepplinger is enthusiastic about this opportunity of joining Bahrain Victorious: “I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, and I am already motivated for the upcoming challenges. I hope that I can develop well, and we can achieve good results together”.
Source: Team Bahrain Merida