February 25, 2018
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David McQuaid: The main goal of Synergy Baku Cycling team is to bring Azeri cycling up to Olympic standards

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1. David, what are some main goals you strive for while working with the team?
Our main goal for this team is to develop Azeri cycling, starting with the country’s best riders. We aim to qualify starters in road and track events for the Rio Olympic Games. In doing so, perhaps, inspire a new generation of cyclists.

2. Synergy Baku Cycling team’s performance was rather successful in Asia tours. Are you satisfied with the results?
Yes absolutely. The UCI Asia Tour has been growing in stature and strength for many years now, there are many Asian UCI teams, it is a very competitive Tour, plus races like Langkawi, Taiwan, they attract World Tour teams so our results in these Tours have been whilst pitted against the very best squads in the world.

3. Anuar Manan, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Rico Rogers and David Clark are the key racers of the team. What could you tell us about these cyclists?
We have 16 riders in our squad, each rider bringing a specific talent or strength to the team. For example, Anuar and Rico would be our key sprinters, Kirill one of our riders for General Classification in Stages Races.

4. What would you say about the potential of six cyclists of Azerbaijani team? What does Jeremy Hunt say about the Azerbaijani cyclists after their training in Australia?
The guys have some raw talent, it just needs to be nurtured or forced out of them through hard, hard training. Post the Australian training period, Jeremy got a good idea of where these guys are. He feels he can bring two guys to Olympic standard.

5. To train and prepare at least one Azerbaijani cyclist for the Olympic games of 2016 was one of the goals for building up Baku Synergy team. How successful’s the preparation been?
As mentioned already here, two riders maybe a possibility. 2013 is a training year in essence, as 2014/15 will feature the qualification events. That is make or break time.

6. What could you tell us about the team’s plans for this year except its participation in Tour d’Azerbaidjan?
Since February, most of our race participation has been in Asia, on the UCI Asia Tour there. Post Azerbaijan, we all move towards Europe, competing for the summer at UCI races in countries like UK, Ireland, Latvia, Estonia, Austria. We will set up a base for our squad in either Austria or Spain.