Fourth stage of the Tour of Croatia had a perfect profile for a breakaway. This was in the plans of many teams and this is why the speed from the start was around 50 km/h. The breakaway was finally formed on the middle of the stage. Eight riders escaped, among them was also Jani Brajkovič. Group already had a gap of four minutes.
Jani wanted to attack on the last climb, but he got a flat and had to stop, so he was caught by the peloton.
Jani Brajkovič: “Breakaway was cooking for a very long time. When it was finally formed it was very hard to get along, but it was easier after. I’ve got a flat just before the start of the climb and that was it for me. But I’m glad that I’m in the better form and I already look forward to next stages and races.”
Rogina, Per, Golčer and Brajkovič came in the finish in the main group, 12 seconds behind the stage winner Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani – CSF). Radoslav Rogina kept fourth place on the overall standings, Jon Božič in now third in the battle for the green jersey.
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Photos by Mario Stiehl