Maciej Paterski claimed top 15 spot on the longest stage of Tour of Croatia. It was won by Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).
After extremely long, 235-kilometer opener, the riders had to face even longer and harder stage. On the second day of racing there were 240 kilometers to cover, plus 10km of neutral start. The profile was not as flat as the day before, with few short hills on the menu.
6 riders decided to pull away early and the leading group included Łukasz Bodnar (Verva ActiveJet), Nicola Boem (Bardiani – CSF), Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk), Joshua Hunt (One Pro Cycling), Aviv Yechezkel (Cycling Academy Team) and Johannes Schinnagel (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels).
Despite the marathon-like distance, the bunch didn’t let the escape get much of a lead and the gap never exceeded 5 minutes.
The peloton kept the advantage on a stable level, until it decided to catch most of the escapees. With 20km to go 5 riders were reeled in and Boem was the only one who decided to give it a go and pulled away solo.
He’s journey in the lead ended with 8km remaining. At that point the main pack included around 50 riders, after a split caused by a small crash. The bunch got shattered even more on the twisty roads of the seaside town of Split. Turns, roundabouts and high pace stretched the field and it was crucial to take the last corner as one of the firsts.
Mark Cavendish managed to play it out perfectly and secured the stage win. He bested the race leader, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) and his last lead-out man, Mark Renshaw finished 3rd.
For the second consecutive time Maciej Paterski was the team’s top finisher, as he took 14th place. Aside from him also Łukasz Owsian and Felix Grossscharter arrived at the line with the same time as the winner. Victor de la Parte, Marcin Mrożek and Adrian Honkisz came in 51 seconds behind.