Lukas Nerurkar

Hometown

Truro, England, UK

Date of birth

14 November 2003

Languages

English

Nicknames

None

Lukas Nerurkar is only 19, but has already won stages of the Giro Next Gen and Orlen Nations GrandPrix and finished sixth on GC at Spain’s O Gran Camiño. That one was against the pros. Lukas joins them in the WorldTour this year.

Racing runs in his genes. Bike racing was never the most straightforward choice for Lukas however. He grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his dad – Olympic marathon and 10,000-meter runner Richard Nerurkar – moved their family after he had hung up his racing flats. He’d always trained in Africa and loved the atmosphere. Lukas’s mom Gail was a runner too. His sister Almi was soon bounding in their footsteps. She became a runner as well. But as soon as Lukas started riding bikes, he knew that cycling was the sport for him. When he was a kid, he and his dad would escape Addis Ababa’s clogged streets and ride up into the hills above the city.

Lukas just loved going farther and faster.

He has been doing that ever since. When he was seven, Lukas’s family moved back to England and settled in Brighton, where Lukas started racing with the Preston Park Cycling Club. He stayed with this local team all the way through the youth categories. By the time he was 16, he was ready to step up. He joined VC Londres in London and soon caught the eye of the racers in the club, who introduced him to Trinity, a British Continental team. There his talent blossomed. Over the past two seasons, in races all over Europe, Lukas has made a name for himself on the under-23 circuit. Now, he is ready for the WorldTour. A punchy climber, he is confident that he has what it takes to compete with the best. O Gran Camiño proved that. But Lukas knows that he still has a lot to learn. He will stay humble, but never lose his competitive fire. After all, he is Girona’s town-sign sprint and chess champion.


Questions & Answers

What is your favorite climb? What makes it special?

Ditchling Beacon, the climb I did most when I was riding at home in Brighton.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

Bekoji, Ethiopia or Iten, Kenya. I could watch all the top distance runners in the world train.

If you weren't a professional cyclist, what would you be? Why?

Long distance runner, I love the sport but I'm not sure if my body could handle it!

Who is your favorite athlete in any sport? What do you admire about them?

Haile Gebrselassie for his commitment to the sport and simple, effective approach to training.

Think about your best teammate ever. What was the quality in them that you appreciated?

Being able to get the most out of a team, being both critical and praising in a productive way.

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