Team Bahrain Victorious started Cro Race with a sprint victory on Stage 1 with Phil Bauhaus and finished in style, winning the overall with Stevie Williams.

It was on the penultimate queen stage where Stevie Williams moved into the lead after fantastic teamwork, and Stevie’s solo effort won the stage. And on the final day, despite attacks from contenders, Stevie showed strength and sprinted to second to secure the GC.

Up to six kilometres before the finish, Williams could ride comfortably in the main group. Still, after entering the last lap in the centre of Zagreb, Van Dijke and Norwegian Markus Hoelgaard attacked second and third in the overall standings, so Williams had to react and “cover” attacks.

The leading trio in the overall standings were in the first three positions, and in the last stage, in the final sprint in front of the Croatian National Theater, Van Dijke was the fastest.

Williams secured his biggest career win with a 13-second lead over second-placed Van Dijke and 17 seconds ahead of third-placed Hoelgaard.

After the first overall win of his career, Stevie Williams commented: “You never start a day expecting for sure, but I was confident in myself and in my team who did an excellent ride, and as a team, we were fantastic all day. It was a lot harder stage than I predicted. In the end, it was pretty tactical the way it all happened, but all stage, it was pretty demanding, windy, quite technical, lots of changes of directions. My teammates brought me perfectly to the circuit and gave me the best chance to stay safe and go for myself. As a team, we did a great job the whole week, and I am proud to be a part of it. This win is a team victory.”

Sports Director Franco Pellizotti commented on the team performance: “I am delighted. We go home with two victories and first place in general standing. It was a hard race and today’s last and decisive stage was also challenging. Despite a very demanding yesterdays’ queen stage when Stevie won and took red jersey, he was strong also today. I am satisfied with the whole team. This success is important for the team at the finish of the season. And especially for Stevie, who showed his great effort and physical strength after a tough and extended period of injuries.”

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright CRO race / KL Photo @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com


Stevie Williams took a solo win and the red jersey on the queen and penultimate stage of Cro race.
Only 137.7 kilometres long, stage 5 was the make or break for the GC, with several teams looking to place themselves in the red jersey ahead of stage 6.

The action started from the beginning in Rabac as Hermann Pernsteiner, and Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) pulled out of the peloton to break. The two of them escaped the main group and won the first mountain goal of the day, the ascent to Gračišće, with Hermann taking the top points. After that, a passing goal in Pazin awaited, and Hermann was the first again.

On the way from Viškovo to Rijeka, Yates and Stevie Williams were joined at the head of the race by Riccardo Zoidl (Felbermayr Simplon Wels) as the trio managed to create a half-minute advantage over a group of about 20 riders. In both Viškovo and Rijeka, Stevie was strongest on through the passing goal. The trio then took advantage of the unorganized chasing group from Rijeka to Opatija and increased their advantage to almost a minute. Despite the chasers eventually closing the gap by 30 seconds, it was not enough to catch the trio out front.

In the final few kilometres, Stevie was able to accelerate away from Yates and Zoidl and solo to victory. Stevie was delighted with the win: “I was afraid after the first passage through Opatija that they would catch me since we did a lot of stages and I was afraid that there was no freshness in my legs. However, somewhere three kilometres to the finish, I realized that I still had a freshness and could still pick up the pace.

My teammates positioned me well on the start of the climb Učka, which started very hard on the bottom. The group gradually got smaller and smaller. As the group, we were very lucky with Hermann’s position and Santiago in the group behind, so it was perfect for me to be with Simon. I was able to use them. I am proud of the way I raced. I am really happy to take this win for the team and myself. I am over the moon now. I am also happy to take the lead GC, and I am expecting a tough race tomorrow. I will give everything, and hopefully, I will come out with the red jersey.”

Satisfied Sports director Franco Pellizotti commented on Stevie’s win: “I am happy for the win but especially because the win goes to Stevie, who has in previous seasons suffered a lot. He succeeded in progress and went through difficult times, and here is the result. I am super happy for him.”

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright CRO race / KL Photo @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Groves avoids the carnage to take another podium placing with second at CRO Race – Team BikeExchange

Australian criterium champion Kaden Groves avoided the carnage to sprint to a strong second place on stage four of the CRO Race.

The Tour of Slovakia stage winner made it over the final climb of the day, before dodging a series of crashes and powering to his second top-three finish of the race.

A strong breakaway group of seven riders escaped early on the 197km stage and the peloton were made to work hard to bring the last of the escapees back ahead of the finishing circuit in Crikvenica.

Team BikeExchange put Tsgabu Grmay to work on the front of the bunch and it was eventually all back together ahead of the final climb of the day with 10km to go. GC contender Simon Yates kept a watchful eye on proceedings over the top with Groves on his back wheel, but despite splits opening up, it was back together again as the pack raced back into town.

The narrow streets and tight turns made for a hectic finale, with Groves narrowly avoiding a crash inside the final kilometre. With just a handful of riders left to contest the sprint, the 22-year-old bided his time before launching his kick for the line and taking a strong second place behind stage two winner Olav Kooij.

Kaden Groves:
“It was a pretty easy day until the last 50km, then we raced into a sketchy circuit, about 10km around. The boys did a really good job of positioning us into the lap the first time.
The KOM wasn’t really long enough for anyone to animate it, so I got over in the front group with Simon, Andrey, Tsgabu and Callum. Then it was super messy with teams just fighting for position into the technical final corners because there were corners at 2.5km, two and 1.5km and within the final kilometre there were plenty of turns.
I had to spend quite a lot of energy in the final kilometre getting myself into position because I was too far back, but in the end it worked out well and I avoided the crash with 400 metres to go.
I had really good legs but just fell short of the winner. Again I got to show my form is really good and now it’s on to tomorrow with Simon, it’s a good opportunity for him and everything is looking promising so hopefully we catch a break soon.”

2021 CRO Race Stage 4 – Results:
1. Olav Kooij 4:49:16
2. Kaden Groves (Team BikeExchange) ST
3. Josip Rumac ST

Photo Courtesy of the CRO Race.

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Second place for Itamar Einhorn on stage 2 of Cro Race

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Israeli sprinter, Itamar Einhorn, took second place in the bunch sprint of stage 2 of Cro Race after impeccable teamwork on the final kilometers.

Knowing that today’s stage would be another good chance for the fast men to test their legs, the ISN guys were eager to set up Einhorn for the final sprint. The team worked perfectly to put him in the best possible position and on the final meters, Einhorn came close to taking the win as he crossed the line in second place after Olav Kooij (Team Jumbo-Visma).

With today’s result, Einhorn is now third in general classification before tomorrow’s undulating stage 3.

Itamar Einhorn: “The team did a great job at the beginning of the stage to keep the early breakaway in check. On the hard climb, I suffered a lot and I lost contact with the group with around 300 meters to the top. However, I knew that this was a good chance for me and we chased hard to get back. In the final, the guys did an amazing good job to keep me at the front. I was in a good position and I started my sprint with 200 meters to go and I came very close. To be honest, I didn’t really feel I had a great day today so second place was probably the best I could get.”

In fact, Einhorn’s second place marks a special day for the team as Omer Goldstein also made Top 10 today on stage 2 of Giro di Sicilia, showing the massive progress the Israeli riders have made in recent years.

ISN general manager, Kjell Carlström: “It’s great to see the progress our Israeli riders have made over the last couple of years. To have both Omer and Itamar in the mix, fighting for the top positions in two different European races, really shows how far Israeli cycling has come. This is only the beginning.”

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Versatile ISN lineup for Cro Race

Israel Start-Up Nation brings a strong team able to shine in all terrain for this year’s Cro Race, starting on Tuesday, September 28.

The six days stage race presents several chances for the sprinters but also for those who are good on the climbs. Especially the penultimate stage, to Opatija, will be crucial for the general classification with several ascents to overcome, amongst them the 13.2 km long HC climb Poklon.

Fresh off his impressive win on the final stage of Tour de Slovaquie, Itamar Einhorn hopes to continue his good streak and fight for victory in the bunch sprints, while Krists Neilands and Carl Fredrik Hagen will be the team’s leaders for the general classification.

Sports director, René Andrle: “We come to Cro Race with a powerful team. For the sprints, we have Itamar [Einhorn] who’s getting better and better these days and who took a beautiful win in Slovakia recently. We have a strong leadout here and we will go all in for him in the sprints. We also have two strong cards to play in the GC with Krists [Neilands] and Carl [Fredrik Hagen]. However, we don’t have the usual uphill finish this year, so it will be difficult to predict how the race will evolve. In any case, our goal is to win a stage and do well in the GC.”

Itamar Einhorn: “I have never done this race before so I don’t really know what to expect but I know there are several stages for the sprinters. I feel good at the moment and I have a strong team to support me in the sprints. I’m really motivated to finish off the season with another good result.”

Carl Fredrik Hagen: “Cro Race will be an exciting race. It’s not a regular stage race with an uphill finish to settle the GC. However, there are several long stages and multiple challenging ascents. Plus, it’s at the end of the season, so it will be hard to predict what will happen. I have a bit of a free role on the team, giving me the opportunity to go for both the breakaways and try something at the end of the stages if I see an opening. For me, it’s also just nice to be back racing with the team again after my crash. We are working very well together and I’m really looking forward to this week of racing.”

— Mikkel to israelcyclingacademy.com

Equipo Kern Pharma to host CRO Race e-version on Bkool – Equipo Kern Pharma

Equipo Kern Pharma will hold the virtual edition of the CRO Race next Monday. The team will make its debut in the Croatian race the following week and, along with its technical sponsors Bkool and Zycle, will offer cycling fans the possibility of racing besides Diego López Fuentes, one of the team’s participants in the UCI Road World Championships. The virtual event will cover the last kilometers of the third stage of the Adriatic race, which will be very demanding for the riders…and for the e-riders!

This virtual edition of CRO Race will be held on Monday 27th at 7 p.m., the day before the official start of the real-life event, and will cover the last 25 kilometers of the third stage, which will be held on Thursday 30th between Primošten and Makarska, a beautiful coastal city. Diego López Fuentes, rider for Equipo Kern Pharma who took part in the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay with the Spanish National team in the Flanders 2021 World Championship, will contest the e-race, giving e-riders the chance of racing against a world-class cyclist. Furthermore, between all of the Bkool users that take part in the session, Equipo Kern Pharma will give away a pack of sport nutrition products by Finisher.

Equipo Kern Pharma will take part in the sixth edition of the CRO Race, to be held from September 28th until October 3rd. The riders will ride over the Croatian country starting from Osijek, in the east, and finishing in Zagreb, the capital, moving through some areas of the south and the west.

— mgiliborra to equipokernpharma.com

Celebramos la CRO Race en Bkool – Equipo Kern Pharma

El Equipo Kern Pharma celebrará este lunes la edición virtual de la CRO Race. El conjunto farmacéutico debutará la próxima semana en la ronda croata y, junto a sus socios técnicos Bkool y Zycle, brindará a los aficionados la oportunidad de medirse con el mundialista Diego López Fuentes sobre el trazado de la tercera etapa de la prueba adriática, una jornada que exigirá el máximo de sus participantes en la prueba real… ¡y también en la digital!

Esta versión virtual de la CRO Race se celebrará la víspera del inicio de la ronda croata, el lunes 27 de septiembre a las 19:00 horas, sobre los últimos 25 kilómetros de la tercera etapa, que tendrá lugar el jueves 30 entre Primošten y la bellísima localidad costera de Makarska. Diego López Fuentes, corredor del Equipo Kern Pharma que llega de competir en la prueba de relevo mixto con la selección española en el Campeonato del Mundo de Flandes 2021, acompañará a los aficionados en la sesión. Asimismo, entre los usuarios de Bkool que tomen parte en el evento, sortearemos un lote de productos Finisher para que puedan disfrutar de la suplementación deportiva de los profesionales.

El Equipo Kern Pharma debutará en la sexta edición de la CRO Race, que se celebrará del 28 de septiembre al 4 de octubre. Los ciclistas farmacéuticos, dirigidos por Juanjo Oroz, recorrerán el país croata desde Osijek, al este, hasta Zagreb, la capital, pasando por zonas del sur y del oeste.

— mgiliborra to equipokernpharma.com