Tour of Croatia: Tratnik aggressive late in the final stage

Jan Tratnik went aggressively in the finale of the final stage of Tour of Croatia, but his attempt to jump across to the leaders, was neutralized with 200m to go.

Info: Stage 6, April 22nd, Samobor – Zagreb, 153,6km

Course: flat, with tricky and undulating finale on a circuit in Zagreb

Final stage of the race saw 6-man group going clear early on. “Riders in orange” were not present in that escape, as they were protecting their leader, Jan Tratnik, for the tricky finale.

Escapees were pushing hard, making it difficult for the peloton to close the gap. When they entered the 7-kilometer, hilly, twisty and paved with cobbled circuit, which was set to be tackled twice, they still had over one minute on the chasing group. On the first lap Bardiani-CSF duo, Paolo Simion and Mirco Maestri, decided to drop their rivals powering to the line. Jan Tratnik tried to bridge to them solo, but eventually was brought back in with just 200m to go, by speeding peloton.

Chasers were unable to catch the Italian leaders, who held on to take 1-2. Simion got the win and Maestri was 2nd. Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) was the fastest from the strung out field, to take 3rd.

Kanstantin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida) retained his leader jersey and claimed the overall win. Łukasz Owsian, who crossed the finish line in Zagreb as the first „rider in orange”, in 17th place, completed the 6-day event in 21st.