Novice

Dušan Rajović takes the lead

17.07.2017


Adria Mobil’s cyclist Dušan Rajović was fastest on the second stage of Tour of Qinghain Lake – a stage with multiple laps around Xining. First season victory for the team also brought overall lead for Rajovič. He won in the sprint finish on the 115 km long stage.

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Small teams attacked in the first part of the stage. Soon a breakaway of three riders was formed, but none on the bigger teams had a rider in there. Most effort for the chase was done by the team that had a race leader, team Adria Mobil was saving power for the finish of the race. Escapees were caught on the half-way of the last lap. Adria was in the front in the last three kilometers and took Dušan Rajović to first mayor victory of the season. Dušan after the race: “Race was short, it was only 115 kilometers long. I’m so grateful to the team that took me to the good position for the final sprint. There are still a lot of stages on this race and hopefully we’ll win another one.”

Coach Boštjan Mervar: “We exceeded our expectations in the first two days, after all the problems with our luggage we really had a good start of the race. It’s true that we were very passive in the first two stages and focused only on the sprint finishes, but they were executed perfectly by our rider. It’s a long race and we can’t expose ourselves too much. We have first hard stage on the schedule for tomorrow, we’ll climb from altitude of 2300 meters to HC mountain finish on 3819 meters and then continue to the finish. We’ll not defend yellow jersey, it’s better to give it to somebody else until the right moment comes. Stage is 133 km long, mountain finish is on 76th kilometer. We’ll try to have one of our riders in the small breakaway group, and we’ll try to bring Radoslav Rogina to the climb as fresh as possible. Yellow jersey is only playing in our advantage, we can use that in the tomorrow’s stage.”

Results – stage 2

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Photos by Adrian Hoe