After 107 km of the race by the scenic route, stage ended with an uphill finish in Biokovo, won by Croatian rider Kristijan Durasek.
– It was short stage and everyone was waiting for the final climb. Thanks to the good teamwork on our leader Jesper Hansen, we started the climb at the front positions. At the first part of the mountain, I have tried to attack in order to help our leader to take a good position, and to try my own legs. Anyway, I’m satisfied with my growing conditions at the beginning of my race season. Let’s wait for the next mountain stage and we will try again, – said Kazakh rider Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev after the finish.
Danish rider of Astana Proteam Jesper Hansen finished on 21 position 44’ after the stage winner; Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev finished 23rd, 1 min 1 sec behind the leader of the stage.
– It is a preparatory race for us. It was good performance of Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev, he started this race after a long break. We also satisfied with growing conditions of Jesper Hansen, who is preparing here for the Giro d'Italia, - commented sports director Dmitry Fofonov.
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