Sunday, 27 April 2014

Belgian rider Enzo Wouters have won the third and final stage of 54th Tour of Istria after bunch sprint. Sergei Rostovcev from Russia came second and young Italian Francesco Romano was third. Aurelien Peret Peintre went down in big crash 200m before the finish line but recived the same time as stage winner and sealed the overall victory. Frenchman also won the points jersey. Erlend Blikra from Norway have won the Youth classification. Climbers jersey went to Kristjan Kumar from Slovenia.

Jersey holders after stage 2 (photo @directvelo)
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Stage results:

Final general classification:

My thoughts about the race ? Basically no info about the race and the results. Funny thing is that we were able to watch the stage two finale on youtube (thanks to Teleciclismo) before knowing the official results or even top10.

 Aurelien Peret Peintre showed his first sparks of talent already last year in Italy where he won Giro di Basilicata, one of the most prestigious stage races for juniors. In Istria he showed pretty nice consistency by winning the reduced sprint on stage one and hanging at uphill finish on stage two. Convincing victory. Possibly one of the bright stars for this season.

 Lennard Kämna won Cottbuser Junioren stage race not so long ago where he was one level above the rest of the field. Now he confirmed his talent on international level. Great victory on the hardest stage of the race. After Pascal Eenkhoorn's strong ride in GP Bati-Metallo, now his biggest rival during Youth Olympics last year showed his talent. Erlend Blikra survived the climbs yesterday and thanks to bonus seconds during the race he managed to finish fourth today and fourth overall.

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