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Tour of Slovenia, 2nd Stage (Maribor – Rogaška Slatina, 152,7km)

Dutch was fastest in Rogaška Slatina #video

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Dutch Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) won second stage of the 25thTour of Slovenia. Second was Matteo Pelucchi (Bora Hansgrohe), third was Luka Mezgec’s teammate Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott). Best Slovenian was Rok Korošec (My Bike Stevens) in ninth. New overall leader of the race is Australian Benjamin Hill (Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum). Cyclists will have to do 175,7km between Slovenske Konjice and Celje on Friday.

 
Finish – Rogaška Slatina
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Niz/Lotto NL Jumbo)
2. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita/Bora Hansgrohe)
3. Caleb Ewan (Avs/Mitchelton – Scott)
4. Simone Consonni (Ita/UAE Team Emirates)
5. Manuel Belletti (Ita/Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec)
6. Mark Cavendish (VB/Dimension Data)
7. Dušan Rajović (Srb/Adria Mobil)
8. Damiano Cima (Ita/Nippo Vinni Fantini Europa Ovini)
9. Rok Korošec (Slo/My Bike - Stevens)
10. Paolo Toto (Ita/Sangemini MG.Kvis)
...
14. Borut Božič (Slo/Bahrain Merida)
15. Luka Mezgec (Slo/Mitchelton – Scott)
16. Marko Kump (Slo/CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
...

14:50, 10km to go: It’s just a matter of time when the leaders will be caught. Everything is read for the sprint finish in Rogaška Slatina.

 

 

14:45, 14km to go: Another sprint favorite had bad luck, frist Caleb Ewan and now Mark Cavendish. He had to change his front wheel at 14km to the finish.

 

14:35, 19km to go: Teams that aim for the stage victory are already in the first rows to the peloton. Katrašnik and Hačecky are keeping at a distance of one minute.

14:30, 23km to go: Leaders Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil) & Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team) are not giving up. The gap is now again at over one minute.

14:27, 25km to go: Hero of the stage Hill has won the last intermediate sprint and is now waiting for the big group. Breakaway riders are now just half a minute ahead.

Intermediate finish – Podčetrtek (126,4km):
1.Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum)
2.Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil)
3. Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team)

14:25, 27km to go: Cyclists are speeding towards the finish in Rogaška Slatina. Main group is still at two minutes.

14:15, 33km to go: Only 33 kilometers remaining. Gap between the leaders and the main group is at around two minutes.

14:05, 40km to go: Benjamin Hill won also the premium sprint in Lesično-Kozje. Leaders are now one minute and 50 seconds ahead of the main group.

Po Sloveniji Foto: Vid Ponikvar

14:00: Australian Caleb Ewan crashed on the technical descent from Planina, he also had to wait for the mechanic to fix his bike. One of the race favorites has already crashed on Wednesday. But he has enough time to catch up with the group.

13:55, 48km to go: Many were afraid that the climb to Planina could change the ranks, but the peloton is still together. There are less than 50 kilometers till the finish and everything points towards sprint finish. Gap of the breakaway group is around 2 minutes.

Dirka Po Sloveniji 2018 - 2- etapa Foto: Sportida

3rdcategory mountain finish - Planina pri Sevnici (100,9km):
1. Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum)
2. Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil)
3. Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team)

13:45, 54km to go: Australian Hill is in the virtual green jersey thanks to bonus points he got on the today’s stage. Leaders are now just over two minutes ahead of the big group.

13:35, 58km to go: Cyclists are on the start of the 3rdcategory climb to Planina pri Sevnici. Lead of the breakaway group is now down to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

13:30, 90km: Race director said that there should be no rain, but we are seeing raindrops. Nothing series for now.

Po Sloveniji Foto: Vid Ponikvar

13:20, 84km: Lead of the breakaway group has gone down for 20 seconds in the last four kilometers, the biggest teams on the race are pushing hard now.

13:20, 80km: Gap of the leaders has shrinked a little bit more. They are 3 minutes and 30 seconds ahead, and we are on the halfway of the stage.

13:10: Second intermediate sprint is behind us, Adria Mobil’s Gašper Katrašnik also won this one.

Intermediate finish – Šmarje pri Jelšah (75,6km):
1.Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil)
2.Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum)
3. Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team)

13:05, 73km: Leading trio is just under four minutes ahead. Meanwhile we have another great news from the field – the chance of rain is smaller and smaller. This is at least what Race Director Bogdan Fink said.

12:55, 67km: Main group still has a high pace, the lead of the three breakaway riders is now under four minutes (3:50).

12:50, 61km: Main group has enough of easy pace and is stepping up with their effort. Distance to the leaders has melted immediately and is now at 4:20.

12:45, 58km: Advantage of the leaders has gone down, but it’s still high – 4:50.

Intermediate finish – Slovenska Bistrica (51,1 km):
1.Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil)
2.Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum)
3. Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team)

12:30, 42km: Main group is 5 minutes 15 seconds behind Katrašnik, Hill and Hačecky. We also have a report about first DNF – Brit Daniel McLay (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) has left the race.

12:20: Drinovec and Cully had back down. Now we are back at the one big group and three riders in the escape, they are already over five minutes ahead.

12:10, 32km: Leading trio (Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil), Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum) & Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team)) is around four minutes ahead of Drinovec and Cully, peloton is still on the distance of five minutes.

12:05, 28km: Matej Drinovec (Slovenian National Team) and Jan Andrej Cully (Dukla Banska Bystrica) are now together, but they are far behind the leaders – 3 min 20 sec. Main group with all favorites is even further back – 5 min.

12:00, 23km: Main group is now 4 minutes & 30 seconds behind the breakaway group.

12:00, 20km: Leading group is keeping their distance to the main group, Drinovec is now over two minutes behind, another minute behind him is Slovakian Cully. It seems that we’ll only have three cyclists in the escape today.

11:50: The gap of the breakaway group is now at almost four minutes (3:40), Drinovec is more than a minute behind the leaders. It is possible that he’ll not catch the trio.

po sloveniji Foto: Matic Klanšek Velej/Sportida

11:45, 16km: Leading trio has a lead of two and a half minutes, but there is another cyclists closing in on them – Matej Drinovec (Slovenian National Team). He’s now 55 seconds behind the leaders.

11:40, 12km: We have first successful breakaway! Gašper Katrašnik (Slo/Adria Mobil), Benjamin Hill (Aus/Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum) & Vojtěch Hačecky (CZ/Elkov Author Cycling Team) are one minute ahead of the main group.

Po Sloveniji Foto: Vid Ponikvar

11:30: It’s not raining, but the clouds are very dark. It would be a real miracle if we would finish the stage in dry weather.

11:25: Cyclists had crossed the zero kilometer mark and the race starts for real. Of course we already saw first attack right after the signal from the commissar. Individuals are already trying to escape.

 
11:20: Cyclists are looking for their positions in the closed ride, the race will start for real in couple of minutes.
 
11:15: Rafal Majka also crashed on Wednesday and he does feel some consiqences from his landing on the asphalt. Same goes for Adria’s Dušan Rajović, but he’s also adding that that will not bother him too much.

Start - Maribor

11:10: There were some problems in the last kilometer of the first stage, but we still have all 151 cyclists on the start.
 
11:00: We’re close to the start of the second stage of the Slovenian tour. The day will start in Maribor, riders will be in Rogaška Slatina at around 15:00.

Mark Cavendish was only 14 th after his teammate crashed. Mark Cavendish was only 14 th after his teammate crashed. Foto: Sportida

We’re ahead of very vibrant, 152,7km long stage that will also have 3rd category climb (Planina nad Sevnico), and a difficult descent after. Riders will have to stay focused and careful that they don’t crash there.

But this climb is still far away from the finish line, so we expect that the main group will come to the finish together, and the winner should be decided in the sprint finish.

Italian Simone Consonni is a surprising winner of the first stage, today big stars like Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and also unfortunate Caleb Ewan, who crashed yesterday, will seek their piece of the cake.

What happened on the first stage:

Simone Consonni Sportal What a finish: Italians on the podium, Slovenian fourth! #video

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