You need a world atlas to trace the history of Ramunas Navardauskas. It begins in Lithuania, continues in Switzerland and passes through France, Italy and the United States, homeland of his team Garmin Sharp. At 25 years old, he is a citizen of the world and has found inspiration in different cultures to write his own story. He left his nest in 2006, arriving at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle at the age of 17.
âHe arrived with his coach. They travelled 2000 km non-stop in the car from Vilnius to get here. They just had a big cake to keep them going on the way. The coach dropped him off and went back. Ramunas doesnât just have a big motor, he also has one heck of a personality,â confides Fred MagnÃ©, Director of the World Cycling Centre.
One that is typical of riders in the forefront.
The slender rouleur, winner of a stage of the Tour de Romandie this season, has formed a special link with Italy and the Giro. Last year he pulled on the pink jersey after the team time trial. He remained leader during two days of the transalpine event. And his 2013 victory, at the end of an impressive demonstration, continues this success story.
âI am delighted to see that we were able to contribute something to his career. Our job is to help as many countries as we can. It is very gratifying to see what is happening today,â concluded Fred MagnÃ©.