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Alaphilippe, van der Breggen best at Flèche Wallonne, O’Connor wins: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 19, 2018

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Grosu wins stage 2 of the Tour of Croatia

by Shane Stokes

Predicted as a likely bunch sprint, Eduard Michael Grosu (Nippo-Vini Fantini) triumphed on stage 2 of the Tour of Croatia on Wednesday, beating Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) into Zadar.

The trio opened up a four second gap on the next riders, with Astana’s Yevgeniy Gidich quickest in the sprint for fourth. Overnight leader Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) crashed heavily on the final finishing lap and trailed in six and a half minutes back.

The stage was neutralised for several kilometres due to powerful winds. “It was a strange race, directly affected by the strong wind,” said Grosu. “As I said yesterday, today I wanted to make a result, I wanted to win. I won thanks to the work of all my teammates, precious in covering me from the wind in most of the race.”

“I knew the final circuit of Zara well and could not be surprised. When 800 meters were left I decided to anticipate the others sprinters, jumping for the finish line first. I do not know how the stage of tomorrow will go, but for the moment I enjoy this important victory for myself and for the team in the red leader’s jersey.”

Grosu takes over at the top, jumping up from fourth overall, with Nizzolo now second, eight seconds down, Minali at ten seconds and Tuesday’s runner-up Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) fourth. Thursday’s stage three runs from Trogir to PP Biokovo (Sv. Jure) and is a difficult summit finish.

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