Tour of Austria: Mohoric wins stage 1

Matej Mohoric opened up Tour of Austria with a stage win, claimed after his trademark move in the descent. Luck was not on Paweł Cieślik’s side as he punctured inside final 5km.

Info: July 7th, Feldkirch – Feldkirch, 152,8km

Course: undulating, four laps, 38,2km each, twisty and cobbled finale

It didn’t take long until the first breakaway of the 8-stage race was formed. 6 riders were involved in that move, excluding riders in orange. Escapees were not let go easily by the bunch though, as the gap remained under 2-minute mark.

In hilly terrain, on the third lap, the leading group dropped two of its riders and Aaron Gate, Matthias Krizek, Davide Orrico and Mauro Finetto entered the decisive circuit with an advantage of 1:10. It was closed entirely with 27km to go, before the last hills of the day.

The group was very lively in the finale, but nobody was able to create a bigger gap. It was until Matej Mohoric’s (Bahrain-Berida) trademark attack in the last downhill, that was successful. He soloed to victory, arriving ahead of his teammate, Giovanni Visconti who was 5s back. Floris Gerts (Roompot) rounded out the top 3.

Inside last 5km Paweł Cieślik, one of the key guys of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for the overall had a puncture and finished the stage on Leszek Pluciński’s bike. He was unable to rejoin the main group and arrived 35s behind the winner.

Jonas Koch was the team’s top finisher, coming in in 40th place.