Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling) won the final stage of the Tour of Croatia ahead of Edward Theuns (Trek Segafredo) and Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems). Matija Kvasina (Synergy Baku) won the race overall.
Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders were focused on winning today’s final stage with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg being our protected rider for the day. Our African Team rode from the front all day and really put the pressure on the other teams, even causing a few splits in the crosswinds during the early part of the stage.
Everything would eventually come back together as the race reached the finishing circuit in Zagreb. It was a technical circuit with narrow roads, a fair amount of road furniture, tram lines and a cobbled 1km climb to the finish. It was the ideal finish for Janse van Rensburg and our African Team really took charge leading into the final.
After some stellar work by Bernie Eisel and Mark Cavendish in the final 5km of the stage, the race was all set to be decided by a small group sprinting up the final climb. Disaster then struck for our African Team. At 2km to go Janse van Rensburg came to a halt with a double puncture. Unfortunately, that was the end of our hopes for the stage win after the team had worked incredibly hard up until that point. Nevertheless, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka come away from the Tour of Croatia with a stage win and some good form as our riders look to the upcoming Giro d’ Italia and the Amgen Tour of California now.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
We knew it was going to be a hard day with the wind blowing quite a bit and the final circuit also being quite difficult. We rode hard today and split the race in the wind at around kilometer 60. The wind was blowing harder in the beginning than at the finish so later on it all came back together. We were working well at the front, controlling the race. Our guys were riding for Reinardt as it was a good circuit and final for him. Unfortunately, he hit a hole and flatted both wheels. Then it was all over for us, with no chance of a result. It is a real shame because the guys did a really good job today. In all it has been a good week for our team. We won a stage, came 2nd and 4th in others and the guys were also able to get some good mileage in the legs before the Giro and Tour of California.