Nicola Ruffoni won the third stage of the Tour of Croatia, outsprinting Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Riccardo Minali (Astana) in Zadar.
At -35 km in the stage, a cyclist slided on a roundabout and involved other 6 riders in the crash. Kristijan Durasek, who started the day atop the general classification leaderboard, crashed badly and lost leader’s jersey,
Przemysław Niemiec quit the race and he was transferred to the hospital.
Dr Corsetti, head of the health staff of the UAE Team Emirates, was with the riders at the Zadar Hospital: “Niemiec suffered a non displaced left collarbone fracture, which had been already broken twice in the past. Moreover, he suffered a severe contusion on the left knee”.
Durasek suffered a ribs contusion, x-ray did not detected evident fractures: tomorrow morning the rider and the team will decide weather he’ll be able to participate in the stage or not”.
Jaime Roson (Caja Rural) took over the leader’s jersey, with Vincenzo Nibali now sitting second, five seconds down.
Tour of Croatia 2017 – stage 3 results (Imotski – Zadar):
|1||Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani – CSF)|
|2||Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)|
|3||Riccardo Minali (Astana)|
|4||Ahmet Orken (Torku Sekerspor)|
|5||Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini)|
|6||Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)|
|7||Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini)|
|8||Daniel Auer (Felbermayr Simplon Wels)|
|9||Ivan Savitskiy (Gazprom – Rusvelo)|
|10||Nicolas Marini (Nippo – Vini Fantini)|
General classification after stage 3:
|1||Jaime Roson Garcia (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)|
|3||Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)|
|4||Felix Grossschartner (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)|
|5||Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida)|
|6||Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)|
|7||Oscar Guarin (Bicicletas Strongman)|
|8||James Knox (Team Wiggins)|
|9||Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)|
|10||Carlos Alarcon (Bicicletas Strongman)|