2016 Tour of Croatia (19-24 april)

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This year we have 6 stages

Stage 1

Osijek – Varaždin
Date: 19.04.2016.
Stage Length: 230.4 km
Vertical Climb: 120 hm
An ideal introductory stage. With the length of 235 kilometres and 10 kilometres of closed circuit, it allows us to get to know some of the jewels of Croatian continental tourism and present it to the world. This flat, fast stage is not particularly demanding and offers the riders, who have returned from their altitude training, a chance to get accustomed to speed and general rhythm of the race. Let us not forget that every cycling stage hides its snares, such as this one. Strong crosswinds present a potential difficulty, which could ultimately make the race extremely challenging and split the peloton into individual groups, in the end making it tough to catch up precious time.



Stage 2

NP Plitvička jezera – Split
Date: 20.04.2016.
Stage Length: 240 km
Vertical Climb: 2030 hm
The second stage leads us to a more demanding part of the race, but doesn’t exactly provide enough moments for a major breakaway. Several climbs at the middle of the leg would be endurable for the sprinters and they would also be too far away from the finish line to make a good chance for the attack. Plitvice National Park treats us with it unbridled beauty and we are proudly using this ambient as a drop scene for the start of the second stage. Position in the group should play a key role in a descent towards Split, as well as through the city streets and in the end through the entrance in the Marjan park. Looking back, we can pinpoint the spots within the last 5 kilometres which could break the peloton – these are the ones on the exit of the Marjan park where the more tired ones would not be able to keep up the 60km/h speed determined by hard core sprinters. The other important thing will be to try and stick to the left side of the two roundabouts within the last kilometre. Lastly, 300 metres before the finish line, two bends have taken its toll last year and it will be hard to evaluate maximum grip of the asphalt. Most assuredly, the sprint will be exceptionally exciting and booked only for the brave.


Stage 3

Makarska – Šibenik
Date: 21.04.2016.
Stage Length: 190.8 km
Vertical Climb: 2744 hm
We can only shudder from all the beauty of the scenery through which we’ll be racing and only feel sorry for the rest that we cannot ride through. The climb on Dubce, after passing Brela, could yield a breakaway of a small group of riders and be a deciding factor of the day. We’ll be riding through the canyon of the river Cetina, but the toughest climb would definitely be the one in the city of Sinj. All the way to Drniš, the road will only allow constant pedalling. Next we have a slight breather, but it must be used properly or else the descend will be a time consuming part of the stage. Crossing over the Roški slap (Roški waterfall), we come to almost a complete stop right before the narrow bridge, so narrow it’s barely the width of a car. Riders who fail to enter the first 20 or so will have to wait about a minute before they would be able to cross the bridge. All of this makes the following climb that much harder, and this is only the first one of the three climbs in a row before entering Šibenik. We think that in Šibenik we will be watching a sprint of a moderately large group of contenders. Riding a lap in Šibenik will provide us with spectacular visuals, as well as passing next to Dražen Petrović monument 500 metres before the finish line, which will evoke a certain amount of respect towards a great legend.


Stage 4

Crikvenica – Učka
Date: 22.04.2016.
Stage Length: 122.1 km
Vertical Climb: 3000 hm
A climber’s stage. The crown jewel. This year it starts in Crikvenica, passes through Novi Vinodolski, Križišće and Kraljevica. It’s a terrain which does not provide enough opportunity to catch a bit of breath. Only just then come the most demanding parts, starting in Bakarac and after 17 kilometres end on an altitude of 970 metres. This ascend won’t be exactly crucial, but surely it will leave only a small amount of leg power.(

The descend to Grobnik and Rijeka will secure enough time for the riders to catch a breather and have much needed energy snack for the final, 22 kilometre climb. Passing through Rijeka and Opatija will visually spice up the finale.

The first part of the climb to Vojak is not particularly challenging, but only when we get to the last 8 kilometres and several 18% inclines, then we would be able to experience somewhat of a natural selection. Contenders falling behind with no particular change in rhythm. The last 3 kilometres are where riders literally stick to the road with low glycogen levels after a total of 3000 metres of climbing, although the length of the stage is only 122 kilometres. The spectacle is guaranteed. We could only hope the weather will play nice so we could gaze upon the Kvarner bay and the whole region of Istria. The whole globe will enjoy the sport and the scenery on this, what would seem as the most beautiful balcony of the world.


Stage 5

Poreč – Umag
Date: 23.04.2016.
Stage Length: 40.3 km
Vertical Climb: 330 hm
Although this 41 kilometre leg wouldn’t seem all too demanding, we can strongly vouch for it to be a major source of stress for the teams throughout the day. The squads will use their morning for the tour of the stage, light practice and a chance to get to know the catches and traps on the road. Then, a large meal is in order, followed by a 40 minute warm up on trainers with legs already weary from yesterday’s climb. It could easily happen that this stage yields a winner, which wouldn’t necessarily be the strongest rider in the Tour, but rather a team effort. Picking the right tool for the job will play a crucial role in this one, as speeds of over 60km/h allow for only the best equipment to reach them.

Additional aggravating factors are constant changes of rhythm in the stage caused by uneven terrain and traffic situations. We estimate average speeds from 52-54km/h. Both start and finish take place in the city centres, which will no doubt add to the spectacle of the event, but also make harder for riders to catch rhythm.


Stage 6

Sveti Martin na Muri – Zagreb
Date: 24.04.2016.
Stage Length: 158.5 km
Vertical Climb: 590 hm

Relaxing at Lifeclass Terme Sv. Martin na Muri before the final stage will definitely contribute to better mood of the riders and their motive to finish strong with a good result. For those who think that it will all be over way before the bunch reaches Zagreb, they couldn’t be more wrong. We will be crossing through the region of Međimurje and through all of the centres of continental cycling tourism in Croatia. The last day of the Tour and even terrain will surely be used by riders to make a breakaway. The first intermediate sprint is in Čakovec, and there will surely be a fight for the points if the differences in general classification wouldn’t be considerable.

We continue through County of Varaždin over Varaždinske Toplice and the last climb will take place in Sveti Ivan Zelina, where the peloton will be welcomed by Knights of Zelingrad. We’ll be arriving to Zagreb through Croatian Fraternal Union street, Street of the city of Vukovar, Miramarska street, over Gundulićeva street, to the first lap which goes through Mesnička street and St. Mark’s square, continues to Kaptol, Palmotićeva street, Boškovićeva street and again Gundulićeva street.

Last year, the board of the Tour got a lot of praise for presenting Croatia through unique and amazing set of stages with glorious scenery. Also, a special prase was given to the organizing squad for set of laps through the city of Zagreb, which provide an attractive platform for a world cycling spectacle. The climb on Mesnička street is a difficult obstacle for pure sprinters and a tremendous opportunity for more complete riders to catch up some time in the finale and maybe win the race.

We believe that this Zagreb finale will become a traditional feature in all of Tour of Croatia’s final stages and one day, maybe, even a finale for a World Cycling Championship. The Tour ends on St. Mark’s square after two full laps. Is there a better place for crowning the winner of the second edition of Tour of Croatia than the one where Croatian kings where crowned through history and presidents were inaugurated?



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Provisional start list

Tinkoff
1 GOGL Michael
2 HANSEN Jesper
3 KOLAR Michael
4 MCCARTHY Jay
5 PAULINHO Sérgio
6 SAGAN Juraj
7 TRUSOV Nikolay
8 BAšKA Erik

Bardiani - CSF
11 COLBRELLI Sonny
12 RUFFONI Nicola
13 MAESTRI Mirco
14 BOEM Nicola
15 BARBIN Enrico
16 STERBINI Luca
17 ANDREETTA Simone
18 SIMION Paolo

One Pro Cycling
21 BAYLIS Tom
22 BIALOBLOCKI Marcin
23 GOSS Matthew
24 HANDLEY Richard
25 HUNT Joshua
26 OPIE Christopher
27 ORAM James

Adria Mobil
31 ROGINA Radoslav
32 GOLCER Jure
33 KATRAŠNIK Gašper
34 FAJT Kristjan
35 NOVAK Domen
36 BOžIC Jon
37 PER David
38 DRINOVEC Matej

Cycling Academy Team
41 CRAVEN Dan
42 BUTLER Chris
43 GABAY Guy
44 PAVLIC Marko
45 PIASKOWY Emanuel
46 SAGIV Guy
47 TUREK Daniel
48 BOIVIN Guillaume

CCC Sprandi Polkowice
PATERSKI Maciej
PONZI Simone
REBELLIN Davide
HONKISZ Adrian
HIRT Jan
GROSSHARTNER Felix
SZMYD Sylwester
DE LA PARTE Victor

Team Novo Nordisk
61 CLANCY Stephen
62 DE KEIJZER Gerd
63 HENTTALA Joonas
64 LOZANO David
65 KAMSTRA Brian
66 VERSCHOOR Martijn
67 CHERHAL Corentin
68 BENHAMOUDA Mehdi

Dimension Data
71 CAVENDISH Mark
72 DOUGALL Nick
73 EISEL Bernhard
74 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
75 RENSHAW Mark
76 NIYONSHUTI Adrien
77 DEBESAY Mekseb
78 FARRAR Tyler

Team Wiggins
CHRISTIAN Mark
TENNANT Andy
DOULL Owain
HOLOHAN Liam
LOWE Sam
HARRISON Sam
PATTEN Dan
DAVIES Scott

IAM Cycling
91 PELUCCHI Matteo
92 AREGGER Marcel
93 FUMEAUX Jonathan
94 ENGER Sondre Holst
95 HOWARD Leigh
96 KLUGE Roger
97 LANG Pirmin
98 PELLAUD Simon

Trek - Segafredo
101 ALAFACI Eugenio
102 BEPPU Fumiyuki
103 BERNARD Julien
104 COLEDAN Marco
105 NIZZOLO Giacomo
106 RAST Gregory
107 VAN POPPEL Boy
108 ZOIDL Riccardo

Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
111 BANDIERA Marco
112 CHICCHI Francesco
113 DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano
114 NARDIN Alberto
115 PACIONI Luca
116 RATTO Daniele
117 TVETCOV Serghei
118 VIGANO Davide

VERVA ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team
121 HNIK Karel
122 SIMóN Jordi
123 FRANCZAK Pawel
124 GRADEK Kamil
125 CIEsLIK Pawel
126 PODLASKI Michal
127 STACHOWIAK Adam
128 BANASZEK Adrian

Gazprom-RusVelo
131 FOLIFOROV Alexander
132 SVESHNIKOV Kirill
133 SAVITSKIY Ivan
134 NIKOLAEV Sergey
135 RYBALKIN Aleksey
136 ZAKARIN Aydar
137 KUSTADINCHEV Roman
138 EVTUSHENKO Alexander

Meridiana Kamen Team
141 MUCELLI Davide
142 SANTORO Antonio
143 VIOLA Michele
144 KISERLOVSKI Emanuel
145 REPSE Uros
146 FRANKOVIC Mateo
147 CERKEZ Josip
148 RIGO Paolo

Radenska Ljubljana
151 MALTAR Bruno
152 KOROšEC Rok
153 JENKO Robert
154 PENKO Izidor
155 RUGIGAJ Ziga
156 FINKST Tilen
157 MISKULIN Jure
158 JERKIC Zan

Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels
161 AUER Daniel
162 BIEDERMANN Daniel
163 EIBEGGER Markus
164 RABITSCH Stephan
165 SCHORN Daniel
166 MCLAUGHLIN James
167 STEIMLE Jannik
168 ZELLER Lukas

Synergy Baku Cycling Project
171 AVERIN Maksym
172 MUGERLI Matej
173 KVASINA Matija
174 POZDNYAKOV Kirill
175 TAMOURIDIS Ioannis
176 JABRAYILOV Samir
177 ASADOV Elchin
178 RUMAC Josip

Verandas Willems Cycling Team
181 DUPONT Timothy
182 KRUOPIS Aidis
183 DHAENE Brecht
184 VAN ZUMMEREN Stef
185 PREMONT Christophe
186 CALLEEUW Joeri
187 VERSTRAETEN Jari
188 DE BONDT Dries

Cyclingteam Join's - De Rijke
191 VERMELTFOORT Coen
192 GROEN Ike
193 MEIJERS Daan
194 BOL Jetse
195 VAN SCHIP Jan-willem
196 BUGTER Luuc
197 MOL Wouter
198 DE GREEF Robbert

Astana Pro Team
201 GUARDINI Andrea
202 AYAZBAYEV Maxat
203 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
204 KAMYSHEV Arman
205 OMIRZAKOV Dias
206 TLEUBAYEV Ruslan
207 VANOTTI Alessandro
208 ZAKHAROV Artyom
 
So no Robert Kiserlovski for his home race? I was really expecting him to shine in Tour of Croatia. Hopefully he will do at least Tour of Slovenia later in June. He could really use some of these smaller races to get some nice result for himself after being totally invisible for the past few seasons.

Without any obvious favorite for the GC this can be quite an interesting race. CCC has quite strong team actually - this is a team they would send to a WT race. I would be surprised if they don't have at least 2 of their riders in the mix for the final GC.
 
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RedheadDane said:
Kiserlovski is riding Fleche Wallone. He might be a good rider, but he can't do two races at the same time. :)
Sure, the question is why is he riding elsewhere, if he could ride his home tour? I thought he was the main reason for Tinkoff participiation in Croatia. With him Tinkoff would easily be the home crowd favourite.
 
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PeterB said:
RedheadDane said:
Kiserlovski is riding Fleche Wallone. He might be a good rider, but he can't do two races at the same time. :)
Sure, the question is why is he riding elsewhere, if he could ride his home tour? I thought he was the main reason for Tinkoff participiation in Croatia. With him Tinkoff would easily be the home crowd favourite.
More prestige in riding a WT event. Tinkoff just participating for no particular reason. (And maybe give their "lesser" riders a chance)
 

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