Nikolay Mihaylov wins Sibiu Cycling Tour

Nikolay Mihaylov got the job done, finished the last stage safely in the field and claimed the overall win at Sibiu Cycling Tour.

The stage around Sibiu had undulating profile. It was opened with five, 19-kilometer laps with categorized climb to Poplaca. In the last 60 kilometers there was also one ascent to Slimnic, with the top just 10 kilometers from the cobblestone finish.

The breakaway of the day included three riders – Gianfanco Zilioli (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy) and  Marco Tizza (d’Amico – Bottecchia). They established 5-minute gap, which was controlled by CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

After the last lap Turek fell behind and with 60km to go the remaining duo had 3:20 on the bunch. On Slimnic climb Zilioli attacked alone, but the chasers were very close. They caught Italian near the top and since the rest of the course was mostly downhill it was certain, that the stage will end with a sprint from a large group.

It was not typical bunch gallop though, since the roads were quite twisty and covered with cobbles. That stretched the field out and the rider who was the fastest and took the most risk at the corners was Davide Vigano (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec). He outsprinted Mateo Malucelli (Unieuro Wilier) and Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini).

Yellow jersey wearer Nikolay Mihaylov crossed the line in the field, securing the victory in the general classification. He walked onto the podium with Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) and Alex Turrin (Unieuro Wilier).

For Polkowice-based squad it was second overall win claimed this weekend, after Jan Hirt won Tour of Austria.