Edmondson second on unpredictable stage 2 at CRO Race

Wed 2 Oct 2019

Former Australian champion Alex Edmondson has sprinted to second place on a hectic stage two of CRO Race.

After finishing fifth on yesterday’s stage, Edmondson was the fastest in the kick behind Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille) who timed his sprint early, yet to perfection, for his second consecutive victory on the finish circuit in Zadar.

No control:
Five riders rode out to a five-minute advantage early on the second stage, with race leader’s Adria Mobil controlling their advantage. 

They were brought back with 50km still to race and from then on there was no team fully committed or able to control the race.

After a number of attacks, with Mitchelton-SCOTT sending Barnabas Peak and Sam Bewley to cover the moves, a new group of seven launched and gained almost a minute whilst the bunch once again struggled to get themselves organised.

Final circuit chaos:
Tensions grew in the bunch on approach to the final circuit, with teams trying to positions their leaders towards the front. 

There anxiousness proved worthy with a big crash taking half of the bunch out of contention for the stage with seven kilometres remaining.

Edmondson, Callum Scotson, Brent Bookwalter and Adam Yates made it through to be amongst the front group that caught the remaining escapees immediately after and set up for the sprint. 

Grosu used his experience of the year prior to launch his sprint very early, leaving the rest of the reduced bunch to fight for minor positions, with Edmondson the strongest of the group.

An unfortunate incident took out the Australian after the finish line but he thankfully avoided major injury.

Alex Edmondson:
“It was a strange old day. Adria rode all day and we knew that it was going to be a block headwind for most of the stage. There was chance of crosswinds for the last 50kms so we were going to do something in that but the wind ended up dying down and there wasn’t any proper crosswinds so we just waited for the finish.  

“That finishing circuit was bonkers with the wet roads in the city, it felt like you were riding on ice. Callum rode awesome helping me in the final circuits as Bewls crashed and Adam was held up but managed to get back on.  

“Coming into 1km to go that guy got a gap and there was no one really to chase so I just had to follow wheels. I’m happy to have got second but I really want to go one better!

“It’s really frustrating to get second after you manage to get through a sketchy street circuit only to crash after the finish. Luckily, it’s just skin and we will go again tomorrow.”

CRO Race – Stage 2 Results:
1. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) 4:24:39
2. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:03
3. Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) +0:03

CRO Race – General Classification after Stage 2:
1. Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence)
2. Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) +0:05
3. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:13

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