Vingegaard joins an impressive array of stars for the Croatian race, with Geraint Thomas, Damiano Caruso and Majej Mohoric also on the start list.
“It is a good preparation course for Lombardia,” Vingegaard said. “I needed some rest after the Tour, but now I’m building up again. We wanted to do things a little differently with the team this year and that’s why we’re here.”
“We will start with a strong team. In my childhood I already went on holiday in Croatia and then also rode my bicycle. It is a beautiful country,” he added.
“The last three weeks I was in Spain to prepare for the remaining races. I hope my form is already good enough, but we will see that in the race this week. It’s a nice race, although I would have preferred a real finish uphill. Yet the course is still very hilly with some mountains on the way. I look forward.”
The race begins with a 223.5km stage from Osijek to Ludbreg before concluding on Sunday with a relatively flat 158km stage travelling from Sveta Nedelja to Zagreb.