Cycling is always a battle with gravity. Perhaps nobody in the professional peloton knows this better than Slovenian daredevil Matej Mohorič, who has a storied history of fighting gravity, and suffering a few horrible losses in the process. This past weekend, however, Mohorič decisively said “Fuck Isaac Newton” and conquered Milan-San Remo, the first Monument classic of the season, through sheer downhill bravery.
Mohorič was a prolific winner during his junior career, winning junior and U-23 World Championships in consecutive years, though he was mostly invisible when he joined the top echelon of professional cycling. After three years of languishing, he finally announced himself on the professional stage with a win at the 2017 Vuelta a España. He’s been with the then-Lampre and now-Bahrain core since 2016, and he’s quickly distinguished himself as one of the best breakaway riders in the peloton, mainly due to his gutsy descending skills.
Outpacing the peloton on tortuous, slick descents necessarily requires a certain tolerance of risk. You are not going to put meaningful gaps into a chase group unless you are willing to use more of the road than your pursuers, find riskier apexes on corners, and tuck into the bike to find every possible acceleration the road has to offer. Mohorič has won two Tour de France stages and one Giro d’Italia stage thanks to his fearlessness on the road; he has also suffered one of the worst crashes of the past few years.
During Stage 9 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia, Mohorič was […]