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Aldo Ino Ilešič – on UHC’s Cosmopolitan Race Schedule

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Aldo Ilesic
Aldo Ilesic.

It was 2009 the Tour of Ireland when I first spoke to big Slovenian Aldo Ino Ilešič; but the rolling Emerald Isle countryside didn’t really suit his ‘brick built out house’ sprinter’s build.

The tall man from Ptuj had first caught the eye in 2003 with a stage win in the Tour de Slovenia.

In 2004 he turned pro with well respected Slovenian team Perutnina Ptuj and took a stage in the super fast Olympia Tour of Holland.

The following season, a stage win in the Paths of King Nikola stage race in Croatia was the high light.

The top class Italian U23 Giro delle Regione gave him a stage win in 2006; but it was 2008 when he really found his feet – with eight wins, from Croatia to Charlotte, North Carolina in the colours of Slovenian squad, Slava.

And it was 2009 when he turned pro with Team Type 1 and rode in Ireland.

The following season a slimmed-down Aldo grabbed three stage wins in the Tour of Morocco plus a stage win in the Vuelta Telmex in Mexico and then two stages in the Tour do Rio in Brazil.

In 2011 TT1 went Pro Continental and the level of races and travel commitments were higher – despite this, Ilešič had a solid season which he kicked off with two top ten placings in the early season Etoi