The opening stage of the Tour of Croatia came down to a bunch sprint with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) taking the win ahead of our Mark Cavendish. Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) was the rider who finished in 3rd place. The days 235km stage was characterised by a 4 rider break that got away just as the flag dropped. The peloton was happy to allow the quartet to ride 11 minutes ahead, as there was a fair way to go until the finish was reached in Varazdin. Although it was a very long stage, there were no real climbs to deal with and a bunch sprint was.

La Fleche Wallone is the 2nd classic of the Ardennes races and the 196km UCI World Tour event takes place tomorrow. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the 80th edition of La Fleche Wallone with ambitions to animate the race.  When you talk about La Fleche Wallone, automatically the conversation becomes centered around the Mur de Huy. While the Huy is only 1.3km in length, the famed climb averages 9.6% in gradient with a maximum pitch of 25%. Riders will have to climb the hill on two occasions (km 101, km 167) before they reach the Mur de Huy for the third and final climb.