RusVelo rider Roman Maikin came in third in the fifth and final stage of the Tour of Croatia, set between the cities of Sveti Martin and Zagreb over 177 km-long predominantly flat course with a technical cobblestone uphill finish.
The winner took it all, or very nearly all – Pacej Paterski (CCC – Sprandi – Polkowice) won his second stage in the race, confirmed himself as number one in the general standings as well as in the points and king of the mountains classifications. Austrian Felix Grosschartner (Felbermayr – Simplon Wels) came in second.
Roman Maikin said:
“We realized that these city laps would be highly technical with the tram rails and all, but the reality got beyond our expectations. The cobbles were large and rather far between, capable of shaking your soul out of you. It was a circuit poorly adapted for riding in trains, so I had no more than two or three guys beside me at any given moment, and that was enough. It was because of their help and concentration that I was well placed in the final kilometers and made the leading group of eight that shaped up just before the finish. The numbers in this breakaway were on the side of CCC Sprandi Polkowice but on a course like this you can compensate it with your technical skills. It’s a pity I didn’t grab the win today, it was within my grasp."
Sergey Firsanov held on to 5th in the GC, netting 20 UCI Europe Tour points; Roman Maikin took third in the points standings of the race. In the team overall classification RusVelo placed third.