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Stage 4. Tour of Croatia. Riccardo Minali – second at the finish in Umag

Another beautiful stage on the roads of Croatia finished today in Umag with massive sprint won by Italian rider Nicola Ruffoni. Riccardo Minali finished second.

- It was a long race with very nervous final. The last kilometer was very and very fast, I had Ruslan Tleubayev for the final and he did an incredible great job to help me. But the winner was also very strong and finally I was only second. I’m satisfied with my second place, but still search for a victory. I will definitely try next time the day after tomorrow, - said Riccardo Minali just after crossing finish line.

Four riders escaped from the peloton from the beginning of the race and were caught only a few meters before the finish, thanks to work of sprinters teams, including good job of our Daniil Fominykh.

– Our goal is still to win the stage. Minali was third yesterday, second today and I hope he will be first the day after tomorrow. All team made a good job with Daniil pursing the breakaway, and other guys helping Minali to find the good position for the sprint. Our Ruslan Tleubayev was perfect and made decisive job at the final. Tour of Croatia – is a very good race for riders to try themselves and to improve some technical skills, this experience will be very useful for riders at the more difficult races, – commented sports director Dmitriy Fofonov.

Tomorrow is the queen mountain stage of the race with a 20-km long uphill finish in Učka.

 

Photo credit: © Bettiniphoto

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