Tour of Croatia 2017
The Tour of Croatia was a road cycling stage race that took place in Croatia between 18 and 23 April It was the third edition of the Tour of Croatia.2017
Nicola Ruffoni won the third stage of the Tour of Croatia on Thursday, proving fastest in a bunch kick in Zadar. The Italian enjoyed an excellent lead out from his Bardiani CSF squad, opening up his sprint at the head of the pack as his final man pulled off the front with around metres to go. No one managed to come past as he wound up to top speed. Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo came closest, claiming second at the line, with Astana's Riccardo Minali a more distant third. Kristijan Durasek UAE Team Emirates , who started the day atop the general classification leaderboard, crashed during stage 3 and tumbled out of overall contention. Caja Rural's Jaime Roson, who finished second on Wednesday's Biokovo climb, took over the leader's jersey, with Bahrain Merida's Vincenzo Nibali now sitting second, five seconds down. Race Home Stages Stage 1.
Durasek jumped clear of a select group of GC contenders inside the last few hundred metres of the ascent, which race organisers had shortened from a mammoth 27km to a more manageable 12km due to snow. The year-old Croatian never opened a gap of more than a few bike lengths, but he held his advantage all the way to the line to take the win and the GC lead in his home race. After the morning break was caught at the foot of the climb, the long ascent to the finish high above the Adriatic Sea saw the peloton whittled down to just a handful of riders as it made its way into the closing kilometres. Nibali tried to get clear with a little under two kilometres left to race, putting in a big dig on the high gradients that seemed promising at first. He was unable to open up much of a gap, however, with Roson responding quickly and the rest of the group in tow, ultimately shutting down the attempt.
The Tour of Croatia was a road cycling stage race that took place in Croatia between 18 and 23 April It was the third edition of the Tour of Croatia since its revival in , and was rated as a 2. The race was won by BahrainóMerida 's Vincenzo Nibali.
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International cycling race Tour of Croatia will be held for the third consecutive year, from April through six stages on the route longer than 1, kilometres all over Croatia. Once again, Tour of Croatia will start in Osijek on Thursday April 18th and the finish line of the first day will be Koprivnica, after km long route. The entire organization moves then to Trogir, where a new stage of km begins on Wednesday morning. This stage could, at the very beginning of the race make a significant difference as the finish is at the meters second highest Croatian peak - Saint Jure on Biokovo. Third stage will bring a km long race between Imotski and Zadar, while kilometres long fourth stage connects Crikvenica and Umag. There are many new features of this year's Tour, so, except new cities along the route, organizers emphasize cooperation with A.
The km route from Osijek to Koprivnica up the northeast coast of the country was largely flat, save for a late third-category punch, and Modolo took the smartest line and showed the strongest legs in the sprint after Trek-Segafredo had taken the reins for Nizzolo. Ferrari began his role as pilot-fish in the final meters and he was great as usual; he knows which is the best speed and when it's time to launch the sprint, where timing is very important in sprints on long straight, as today," Modolo said. This victory is very good in the approach of the Giro d'Italia. Nizzolo was making his race debut of after battling tendinitis in his knee since the start of the year, and he seemed to lack the kind of kick that won him the opening stage here 12 months ago. Two teammates peeled off the front of the pack to launch him but by the time the second one did so Modolo was already past him on the inside. The flat opening km of this opening stage were never likely to be eventful, and a five-man breakaway was allowed to build a lead of over 10 minutes.
Tour of Croatia: Ruffoni sprints to stage 3 victory