Jan Tratnik claimed 6th place in stage 1 of Tour of Slovakia, defending the leader jersey.
Info: Stage 1, June 7th, Levoca – Banská Bystrica, 211km
Course: mountainous, hilly finale
How it unfolded?
CCC Sprandi Polkowice controlled the race from the get-go, making sure that none of the escapees are a threat for the leader jersey. Eventually they let go Hans-Jorg Leopold (WSA-Greenlife) and Mattia Viel (Unieuro). Later Peeter Pruus (Rietumu Banka), Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy) and Nikolaj Trusov (RusVelo) bridged to the leaders, creating a 5-man escape of the day. They gained 5 minutes on the bunch, which was still paced by riders of Polkowice-based team.
On cat. 1 climb to Čertovica, with around 90km to go, the breakaway started to split, as well as the main bunch. At the top Turek was the lone leader, but he got caught after the descents.
The pace eased up and large group of riders managed to rejoin the pack. But when the terrain got more demanding, the action heated up again. 40-man leading group was formed and it included Jan Tratnik and Piotr Brożyna. They both managed to retain their jerseys – yellow and white respectively – thanks to enormous work done by their teammates throughout the entire stage. Tratnik was also able to sprint to 6th place.
Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy) took the win, defeating Kevin Pauwels (Marlux – Napoleon Games) and Davide Mucelli (Meridiana Kamen Team).