23 April, 2015 – “The first two stages were very challenging. Yesterday and today the peloton travelled at a very fast average pace, not leaving much room for breaks,” explains Sport Director Massimo Codol. “The first stage in Split was won by Grega Bole (CCC Polsat). For our team it was an especially useful experience to get a measure of the race and of our adversaries. Here in Croatia the level in the group is very high and we are squaring off with some of the best continental teams on the international scene. In the final there was a fall that involved many riders, including our own Silvio Giorni. Fortunately he’s no worse for the wear. Instead today in the second stage we tried to stay out front to go for the final sprint, relying again on Silvio Giorni, who is our speed rider. At the finish line in Zadar, where Slovenian Marko Kump (Adria Mobil), triumphed in the bunch sprint, Silvio closed out in sixth place, scoring a place in the Top10. Unfortunately our Eduardo Estrada got mixed up in another crash today and came away with several scrapes. We hope it’s nothing too serious for Estrada, who is making his debut with Area Zero here in Croatia, and that tomorrow he will be able to start as planned.”

Tomorrow is going to be the longest stage, almost 230 km. It will be a good test for our guys, many of whom are riding a stage race for the first time,” continues DS Codol. “The goal from here to the end in Zagreb is to try to stand out; we will try to make an impression in the bunch sprints and if we get the chance in the upcoming stages we will try to get into a good break. Regardless of the result, a race as technical as this Tour of Croatia is turning out to be will definitely be useful to our young riders, particularly the neo-pros, to grow and gain experience in the international field.”

Silvio Giorni: “I feel good, I got here to Croatia in good shape and yesterday and today I raced to make it to the final sprint. It isn’t easy; in the final everyone wants to get out front and the roads are often narrow and there are dangerous curves. In the first stage unfortunately I fell in the last kilometre, fortunately without serious consequences. Instead today went better and I managed to stay out front so I could contend in the sprint. In the next days I’m going to try to do even better.

The next stages:
24/04 3rd NP Plitvice – Ucka (230 km)
25/04 4th Pula – Umag (155 km)
26/04 5th Sv.Marko – Zagreb (177.5 km)
Info: http://www.tourofcroatia.com/

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