Manon Carpenter to Mentor Izabela Yankova on Gen S Team

Mar 18, 2022
by James Smurthwaite  
Photo by Alex Broadway

Junior World Champion, Izabela Yankova, will be mentored by 2014 Elite World Champion Manon Carpenter in 2022 as part of the new Gen S team.

Carpenter retired from racing in 2017 but is now back on the circuit after a five year absence to mentor the young Bulgarian racer. Yankova, 17, won the junior World Championship last year as a privateer but this year will be racing with the support of Specialized's new Gen S team behind her.

Photo by Alex Broadway

Details have been thin on the ground for the team since it was first announced in the UCI's team list release but we have now been told it is a mentoring race program for young up and coming start. Specialized said,

bigquotesSpanning across all disciplines of mountain biking, Gen-S will pair promising young riders with established professional superstars and help them grow their talents to the next level. These young athletes will benefit from full factory level support and equipment, while their riding progression will evolve with assistance from some of mountain biking’s biggest stars.

Spearheaded by Specialized Bicycles, Gen-S will feature and follow four riders, and four pro mentors in a long-term collaboration. Likely to grow in the coming years, the first combination of this ambitious project introduces Izabela Yankova, who will be mentored by Manon Carpenter. Izabela is already developing into a ferocious talent, as the current Junior DH World Champion and World Cup title holder. We are excited to see how she progresses into the professional ranks with the guidance of former World Champion Manon Carpenter.
Specialized Bicycles

Yankova and Carpenter's Gen S partnership is the first to be announced with the rest of the team and mentor announcements to come in the following days.

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31 Comments
  • 173 3
 Just pull up and Yankova the rocks.
  • 16 0
 aaah that's what I'm here for, thank you
  • 3 10
flag KK11 (Mar 19, 2022 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 Nice bottom out Yankova.
  • 30 4
 lol that look on Izabelas face in the first picture is me .5 seconds after my first bong rip of the evening.
  • 14 0
 Great to see Manon back! She left too soon.
  • 15 3
 Hey pb, add a comment delete option so I can delete this.
  • 11 0
 Manon, legend!! So good to see her back on the scene.
  • 9 0
 So stoked to see this, Carpenter is a legit talent so transferring to mentorship is a genius move. I see good things ahead.
  • 4 0
 Super happy that Izi is getting the properEST of attention and staff for her first contract. Years of hard work pays off! So grab her talent and determination and make a diamond! So, so happy!
  • 8 0
 Go Izabela!
  • 6 0
 THIS IS SPARTNA-SHIP!
  • 5 1
 Idk what you guys are talking about, The Tan on Tan jersey is sick. I'm all about it
  • 5 0
 Go Izi! Show them как се прави!
  • 3 0
 Wishing all the best in this challenge and hope Izabela gets all the best from this partnership ahead!
  • 6 1
 *Yankova
  • 3 0
 @baschyboy please post a pic of your sponsor-supplied outfit so we can all weigh in.
  • 4 1
 She will dominate in the Pros
  • 2 0
 Is this an official position?
  • 2 0
 step one: find a race that has nobody named "atherton" in the start list
  • 2 0
 thank you specialized for this information.
  • 2 0
 good news !
  • 2 1
 Palmer to mentor some crazy junior shredder?
  • 7 0
 That would not be good for a kid's liver.
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: or his mental health
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