Ruffoni sprints to victory in Tour of Croatia stage 3

Nicola Ruffoni

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):

1Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani – CSF)


2Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)


3Riccardo Minali (Astana)


4Ahmet Orken (Torku Sekerspor)


5Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini)


6Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)


7Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini)


8Daniel Auer (Felbermayr Simplon Wels)


9Ivan Savitskiy (Gazprom – Rusvelo)


10Nicolas Marini (Nippo – Vini Fantini)



General classification after stage 3:

1Jaime Roson Garcia (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


2Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)


3Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


4Felix Grossschartner (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


5Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain Merida)


6Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


7Oscar Guarin (Bicicletas Strongman)


8James Knox (Team Wiggins)


9Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


10Carlos Alarcon (Bicicletas Strongman)



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