Coach Boštjan Mervar has described third and decisive, mountains stage: “This stage also started very fast, attacks followed one behind the other. First real breakaway happened in Rovinj, where three riders escaped: one rider from LKT Brandenburg, one from German national team and ours Gorazd Per. Their gap was up to three minutes. Swiss national team and British team JLT Condor kept the pace in the peloton and the three escaping riders were caught on the climb to Lupoglav. Pace was very high also on the first of two climbs to Motovun. Among those who set the sharp pace was also Radoslav Rogina, but a group of about 50 riders somehow managed to get to the last climb. Among them were also four Adria Mobil’s riders: Jure Golčer, Radoslav Rogina, Žiga Horvat and Andrea Borso. Jure Golčer started his attack in the beginning of the climb, after that Austrian Ricardo Zoidl and some other attacked. Once again we saw that the climb is not that hard after all and also the fastest cyclist can ‘survive’ it. Matej Mugerli used his experiences and took a solid victory. We can’t be satisfied with the outcome, Jure Golčer was just behind top ten.”
Last stage from Pazin to Umag has finished in line with tradition, with the sprint finish of the big group. New Zealander Alex Frame was fastest, Adria Mobil’s Jon Božič was 22nd.
Photo: Mario Stiehl