Italian sprinter Jakub Mareczko will join Vini Zabú-KTM , returning to the Tuscan-based ProTeam where he started his career after two seasons at WorldTour level with CCC Team .
Mareczko was born in Poland but moved to Italy with his family when he was five and so has dual nationality. He began racing as a boy on Brescia and turned professional with the Southeast team, as Vini Zabú-KTM was known in 2015.
“I’m going back to what can be considered my second home, the team where I turned professional as a young rider and where I won a lot,” Mareczko said. “In the last two years I think I‘ve improved by working with my teammates and by taking on my rivals. I hope the experience I’ve gained can help me improve even more and win again. I’m very motivated and want to show it right from the start of the 2021 season.”
During his 2020 season at CCC, Mareczko won three stages at the Tour de Hongrie and took several placings before and after the COVID-19 lockdown, including a third place at the Vuelta a Espana. Many of his 43 career victories have come in China, where he regularly dominated the sprints at the Tour of Hainan and the Tour of Taihu Lake.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the CCC Team hard with the Polish shoe retailer obliged to close its hundreds of stores.
The brand stopped funding the team, forcing team manager Jim Ochowicz to cut salaries significantly and make staff temporarily redundant so […]