The stage was won by a Romanian rider Eduard Grosu, who also becomes the new leader of general classification.
- It was a breakaway from the beginning, so the first 100 km the peloton was riding very quiet, but after we caught the first breakaway, there were many attacks, where I tried myself too. At the last 15 km it was a big fight for a good positions in the group, because the final lap was very technical and dangerous. At the 6 km to the finish it was a big crash, that I managed to avoid, and at the 3 km to go I decided to try and attacked, as many sprinters were isolated with this crash and group was not too active. One other rider joined to me, but the peloton caught us at the final 1 km. Anyway, I have good legs now and day by day feel better. I’m looking forward for the new opportunities, especially, at the mountain stage. It is my first races as a trainee in the WorldTour team, therefore I’m very motivated to show myself and, of course, I’m happy to wear the white jersey at the start tomorrow, - said Vadim Pronskiy after the finish.
- The race started in a very classic way, it was a breakaway at the beginning, which gained maximum advantage of 5 minutes. When the gap started to grow up, we also joined to chase. Finally, the breakaway was caught; our riders were in the front, everything went by plan to the expected final sprint. But at the 6 km to go it was a big crash at the first positions of peloton, and the group split into few small parts. At the 5 km to go it was an attack of 3 riders, our Yevgeniy Gidich joined them, as they were very strong rivals for the finish. As soon as this breakaway was neutralized by the group, our young trainee Vadim Pronskiy tried his attack, but was also caught at the final kilometer. The finish was very dangerous, with very slippery roads, it was some crashes there, but, fortunately, we managed to avoid them without any serious circumstances, - commented sports director Sergey Yakovlev.
Photo: Boris Kačan, KL Photo