Nizzolo beats Cavendish in Tour of Croatia opener

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Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) took his first win of the season in the first stage of the Tour of Croatia. Having been perfectly positioned by teammate Boy van Poppel in the very technical finale, he held off Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) in the bunch sprint to open his account and take the first leader’s jersey of the race.

With the win, Nizzolo is the first leader of the race with a 4-second advantage over Cavendish. He has a chance to make it two in a row in stage 2 which is another very long stage at 240km. There are two categorized climbs in a rolling first half but as the final part is mainly flat or descending, another bunch sprint is on the cards.

Tour of Croatia 2016 – stage 1 results (Osijek – Varazdin):

1 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)  
2 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

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3 Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems)

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4 Erik Baska (Tinkoff)

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5 Christopher Opie (ONE)

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6 Coen Vermeltfoort (Join’s – De Rijke)

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7 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF)

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8 Pawel Franczak (Verva ActiveJet)

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9 Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku)

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10 Jure Miskulin (Radenska)

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