Former biathlete Florian Lipowitz turns pro with Bora-Hansgrohe

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Ski jumpers, runners, rowers… and now biathletes. This is just a selection of the post-pivot athlete who will pedal in the pro peloton in 2023.

Florian Lipowitz is the latest in the steady stream of potential stars to be picked from across the sporting spectrum and given a spin in the WorldTour.

The 22-year-old German hit the big time in a contract with Bora-Hansgrohe for 2023 after switching biathlon skis and pullers for the bike saddle.

“I am very happy to be able to start in the Bora-Hansgrohe jersey next year,” he said.

Lipowitz has been cross-country skiing and rifle shooting at the highest level of biathlon for the better part of a decade.

The bike was a cross-training tool that gradually gained enough favor to take Lipowitz to the Tirol KTM team starting in 2020, and eventually the cross-sport change became real.

When the biathlon ace fell into Bora-Hansgrohe coach Dan Lorang’s orbit, the door was left open for an internship opportunity with the team of Sam Bennett, Aleksandr Vlasov, Sergio Higuita and more.

“As a trainee, I have already had several positive feedbacks on the team. It motivates me even more to take this opportunity to develop myself as a driver and support my future team in the best possible way,” said Lipowitz.

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Bora-Hansgrohe has been active in finding talent from non-traditional sources.

Former ski mountaineer Anton Palzer and mountain bike ace Ben Zwiehoff both came on board in 2021 and have impressed enough to stay with the team through 2023.

“Florian has a big engine and we already got to know him last year, but we wanted to give him more time to really find his feet in cycling,” said Bora-Hansgrohe boss Ralph Denk.

“With our development partner team Tirol KTM Cycling he had a very good racing program. However, Florian had a difficult season this year with some health concerns. Nevertheless, we gave him a chance as a trainee and he was able to behave convincingly in the races for us.The potential is there and it is now up to us to develop it fully.

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