Monika Hrastnik and Baptiste Pierron Join Team Dorval AM

Jan 19, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Unofficial privateer of the year in 2018, Monika Hrastnik, has earned herself a spot on the Dorval AM team. The Slovenian rider turned heads when she grabbed her first podium in Leogang and backed it up with a third in Val di Sole. She ended the year fifth in the overall all while riding without the support of a full team.

Also announced on Dorval AM is Baptiste Pieron, the brother of Amaury, who has moved on from Voul Voul Racing after four seasons. He's plenty fast in his own right and grabbed top 20 World Cup finishes in Val di Sole and Vallnord and got seventh at Crankworx Les Gets last year.

The two new riders will be racing on Commencal bikes and be joined by Mariana Salazar, Benoit Coulanges and Emile Rilat who stay on the team for another year.

bigquotesBAAAM, BIG NEWS. Finally, I can officially say that I got the team for this season! I'll ride in Team Dorval AM on Commencal bikes. Going to be a sick yearMonika Hrastnik


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 We demand a shrubbery!
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 O Knights of Ni, you are just and fair, and we will return with a shrubbery.
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flag endurocat (Jan 19, 2019 at 6:39) (Below Threshold)
 Who are this people?
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 @endurocat: apparently not from the USA ;-)
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One that is not too expensive!
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 @chakaping @Dropthedebt posta like yours make me keep believing in humanity.
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 One with a nice little path running through the middle, so it makes a nice two level effect...
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 @endurocat: exactly!
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 Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!
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 We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing!
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 And we want... Another shrubbery!!!!
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 Super stoked to see Monika get the support she needs and deserves! I'm excited to see her go for it in the 2019 season!
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 What, no 5 seperate press releases?
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 What an awkward photo lol.
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 Feel so bad for the guy on the far left. His nickname all year is going to be boner...
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 This is actually a lot better than the original press release photo. In the other one the girl on the right was sitting on the ground 2 metres from the rest of the team, like she'd been put on the naughty step.
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 Why the rogue helmet wearer!?
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 @thebrucetrail: Why is she the only one wearing a helmet? Oh and Monika FTW!!!
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 Thumbs up Mona!!! You deserve it!
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 Wow well deserved she was blazing saddles last season canโ€™t wait to see her race this season.
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 Does the bush play a special role on the team, and thus the prominent focus in the picture... captain?
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 Ok. Somebody has to ask. What is Dorval?
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 I believe its an investment house?
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 a finance management company
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 A type of shrub?
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 Drain pipe declogger?
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 A geriatric laxitive
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 they're just thrilled you're asking, that's ad money well spent.
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 I'm impressed. Two up and coming elite women on the same team. Thumbs up Dorval AM.
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 I hope Monika comes out and crushes it this season.
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 Is Monika the girl that broke her Giant last year and Vali let her use her spare bike? or am I confused? totally likely.
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 yes !
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 Was just looking at what team Monika would sign for after recovering from her pelvic injury, following the post on another article about there not being any women riders to sign up for major teams.......
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 Benoit Coulanges is a beast - he has great style but flies under the radar a bit.
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 Get em some new kits.....
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 Dale riata a todas en esta temporada, Mariana.
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 Ackwward family picture! Would make a perfect holiday card!
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 Ugly kits!
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 Happy to see Mariana Salazar on a wc team. #putSouthAmericaonthemap
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 Mariana was born in EL SALVADOR, that is Central America.
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flag lalientoxc (Jan 19, 2019 at 20:37) (Below Threshold)
 Iโ€™m sorry fkn loser but no body takes their sweet time to call 3 or 4 countries Central America we just include it in South America. So get your smart ass somewhere else n just be happy that there are more Hispanic rider in WC Series a*shole @Fenrisvarg:
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 @lalientoxc No one except people from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama and anyone who's seen a map or went to grade school.
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flag lalientoxc (Jan 20, 2019 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 @acali: yeah anyone who went to grade school in one of those countries
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 Here is a user who does not know how to relate to others without insulting
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