Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 25, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Wout Poels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege; Niemiec solos to stage 1 win at the Tour of Turkey; Matija Kvasina wins the Tour of Croatia; Barbara Guarischi wins the Omloop van Borsele; Christine Majerus wins the Dwars door de Westhoek; Slipstream Sports and Drapac to partner on development team in 2017; Vincenzo Nibali to join start-up Middle Eastern team?; UK track rider Jess Varnish claims sexist behaviour from coach; Marianne Vos’s unusual sprint crash; Sondre Holst Enger celebrates his Tour of Croatia stage win.

Matija Kvasina wins the Tour of Croatia

by Matt de Neef

Matija Kvasina (Synergy Baku) has ridden his way to overall victory at the Tour of Croatia after taking the lead on stage 4 and defending it through to the end of the six-stage race.


Kvasina finished second on stage 4 of his home race behind Riccardo Zoidl (Trek-Segafredo), moving to the top of the GC table in the process. On stage 5, Tinkoff won the team time trial, covering 40.3km in 49:36 (48.8km/h average), four seconds ahead of Gazprom, 10 seconds ahead of CCC Sprandi Polkowice and 31 seconds ahead of Kvasina’s Synergy Baku team.

That result was enough for Kvasina to take a lead of 32 seconds into the final stage; a stage in which he finished 21st, 17 seconds off the pace of stage winner Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYwmxsKmZak

“Yesterday I had an emotional day with the team time trial to keep the lead and today the team fought really hard and used their last legs to defend this lead,” Kvasina said. “I am happy for them and will be forever grateful. Now I need to take some rest mentally, not physically, as I am really ready for the Tour d’Azerbaidjan next.”

The win is the biggest in the career of 34-year-old Kvasina who joined Synergy Baku in 2016 after racing for a number of Continental teams since 2004.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 24th April 2016

1. hr
KVASINA Matija
Synergy Baku Cycling Project
23:29:29
2. dk
HANSEN Jesper
Tinkoff
0:24
3. es
DE LA PARTE GONZALEZ Víctor
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
0:32
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