A crash which happened with 1,5km to go in stage 1 of Tour of Slovenia didn’t allow Marko Kump to finish off great work done by his teammates late in the race. Even though Slovenian didn’t go down, he was held up and couldn’t contest the sprint.
Info: June 13th, stage 1, Lendava – Murska Sobota, 159km
5 riders were involved in first breakaway of the race. CCC Sprandi Polkowice were not part of that group, but with so many great sprinters at the start, the chances of the escapees holding on were almost non-existent.
Peloton let them gain 4 minutes of advantage early and later on were gradually reducing that gap, to catch the escape with 17km to go. It stayed all together until the finish.
On the finishing 5-kilometer circuit, which was covered twice, CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders made sure that Marko Kump comes into the final sprint in good position. Michał Paluta, Frantisek Sisr and Adrian Kurek did a lot of work in the front of the pack, but their effort was hindered by a crash which happened with 1,5km to go. Two riders went down right in front of Marko Kump and Slovenian had to go around them to avoid the incident. He didn’t hit the ground, but lost contact with the first group that emerged after the crash.
In his absence in the sprint it was Adrian Kurek who was team’s top finisher, coming in 13th place. Simone Consonni (UAE Emirates) took the win ahead of Matteo Pelucchi (BORA – hansgrohe) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida).