Mark Cavendish sprints to the win in Tour of Croatia

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put in a clinical performance at the 2nd stage of the Tour Croatia as Mark Cavendish sprinted to the victory, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was 2nd and Mark Renshaw rounded out the podium.

After yesterday’s 235km stage there was no respite for the riders in Croatia today as 240km of undulating roads had to be covered before reaching the finish in Split. 6 riders would form the break of the day and after Nizzolo won yesterday’s opening stage, it was up to his Trek-Segafredo team to control proceedings.

A roundabout and two 90-degree bends made the finale quite tricky and positioning was vital for a top result. Dimension Data team ticked all those boxes as Cavendish was able to come off Renshaw’s wheel with 150m to go and take a good win.

The leadout worked so well that Renshaw was able to roll home in third place on the stage. After finishing 2nd yesterday and taking the win today, Cavendish also took over the lead in the general classification as well.

Mark Cavendish: “I’m really happy to take the win today. Yesterday the team rode on the front from beginning and I just messed up a bit in the final, I just didn’t have it yesterday really. So I was really glad the team kept the faith in me for today. Once again Jay spent all day in front, working super hard. The guys were then also really prominent in final. The finishes here in Croatia are really technical and quite dangerous so it make it quite nervous. We had a good plan with Mark Renshaw to lead it out into the corners. Yesterday I over geared a bit but today I went in with a smaller gear and after coming through the corners it was more about the acceleration than the power. So I was super happy to take the win for the team because the guys were really fantastic. We have the leader’s jersey now which means it will be another long day on the front for Jay tomorrow but he has been so strong and is riding really well. The stage definitely isn’t for me tomorrow but Reinie can be up there so as a team we will remain prominent in the race”.

Tour of Croatia 2016 – stage 2 results (NP Plitvice – Split):

1 Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)


2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)


3 Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data)


4 Michal Kolár (Tinkoff)


5 Andrea Guardini (Astana)


6 Roman Maikin (Gazprom-Rusvelo)


7 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)


8 Ivan Savitskiy (Gazprom-Rusvelo)


9 Timothy Dupont (Veranda’s Willems)


10 Karol Domagalski (ONE)


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