Mark is one of the most talented young cyclist in the World Tour. His solo victory at the Tour of the Alps 2018 with Bahrain Merida showed his strength and self confidence that even so young and neo-pro can perform such a success. The 22-year-old Ukrainian cyclist has been a trainee in our team since August 2017 before turning pro with us in 2018. He was one of the most promising U23 riders from Team Colpack, that was BAHRAIN MERIDA’s development team. Padun did the first race in our jersey in the challenging Coppa Agostoni, where he was in the break for almost 160 km.
In 2017 Mark Padun won the Trofeo Piva, the GP Capodarco and one stage of Giro d’Italia Under 23, where he also took 5th place in the overall classification. Moreover, he took other important results, as the general classification at the Flèche du Sud in Luxembourg. In 2016 he won a stage on Giro Valle Aosta, wore pink jersey for 2 days and was 2nd in the overall classification. He also won TT National Championship. Results that show that he has what it takes to think about his move to the professional category.
Padun is specialized in climbing and everybody in the team is excited to have this young talented rider in our jersey. One of his strenghts is his positive and hard working attitude.