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Joan Horrach – “I miss the life of a Professional, it’s amazing!”


One of the nice things about going to the Tour of Britain start in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park was catching up with old friends and making some new ones, like Madison-Genesis DS and former Grand Tour stalwart – 16 ridden – and Giro stage winner, Joan Horrach.

Joan is an amigo of team manager/DS, former British Elite road and ‘cross champion and Paris-Roubaix podium finisher, Roger Hammond; and when the Englishman needs extra help – like at the Tour of Britain – he gives Joan a ring and the Mallorquín jumps on a plane in his native Illes Balears and heads for sunny England.

Joan Horrach
Roger Hammond (l) with Joan Horrach. Photo©Ed Hood

Horach is 41 years-old now and first rode for the Illes Balears amateur team (Illes Balears is the one of the incarnations of what is now Movistar, ed.) way back in 1999.

He turned pro with Portuguese team Maia in 2000 and had wins in the GP Alto Douro and GP Sport Noticias.

Still in Portugal, Milaneza was the name on the jersey for the next three seasons with a stage win and the GC in the Jornal de Noticias and a stage win in the Tour of Asturias in 2001; two stage wins and a second on GC in the Tour of Portugal in 2002 before riding his first Vuelta in 2003.

For 2004 he signed with Illes Balears and settled into his role as hard-as-nails domestiqu