This 21 year-old rider from the Czech Republic will be riding for OPQS in 2014-15.
He is stepping up to the world tour after a brilliant 2013, riding for Etixx-Ihned.His best results were:-
2nd in Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo.
Winner of the 4 stage race, Okolo Slovenska.
9th in the Czech National Championships Road Race, finishing in the leading group of 17 riders.
Winner of the 2nd stage of Vuleta a la Comunidad de Madrid under 23.
2nd in the European Championships under 23 road race.
Winner of the GP Kravlovehradeckeho kraje.
Probably his best performance was in the Czech cycling tour. He was 2nd on stage 3, leading the bunch home after Konig and he won stage 3 with a brilliant uphill sprint. This meant he finished 4th overall.
He can climb well but think he might focus on short,steep finishes .
He works well in partnership with Julian Alaphilippe and it will be very interesting to see how OPQS use both these riders.
Here is an interview I did with Petr:-
What was your best result of the season?
You have proven to be excellent on short, steep climbs and longer ones but which type of climb do you prefer?
In the Czech Cycling Tour you were given a textbook lead-out by Julian Alaphilippe, are you pleased that you will again be teammates in 2014?
How satisfying was it to beat such a great rider like Konig, on stage 4?
What type of rider do you see yourself developing into in the next few years?
How excited are you about working with Cavendish, Petacchi, Tony Martin and Uran in 2014?
Which races best suit your abilities?
What goals do you have for 2014?
With the world championships being on a hilly course in Spain, is that a race you could see yourself riding?
How do you think you will cope with the pressures of riding for such a great team like OPQS?