4Islands MTB Croatia - Stage 1 - Highlights

The opening stage of the 4Islands Croatia on the Croatian island of Krk offered almost perfect conditions with 78 race kilometers.
The action began seemingly immediately in the men’s race with the BUFF MEGAMO, resplendent in the yellow leader jerseys, and the charging Orbea x Leatt x Speed Company led the pack up the opening climbs and into the famous moon plateau. By service station 1, it was two teams alone going at it hammer and tongs to wear each other down. The paced proved too much for Drechou of BUFF MEGAMO and the pair was forced to slow, allowing Egger and Baum to surge ahead to the stage win. Nearly five minutes later, a sprint for second and third unfolded as BUFF MEGAMO and KTM Alchemist Brenta Brakes rounded the final turn and launched for the line; Hans Becking crossed first of the four and Drechou third, thus securing second on the stage and on the general classification ahead of Lorenzo Samparsi and Dario Cherchi.
Stage 1 was another exciting day in the Women’s category at the 4Islands MTB Croatia. Janas and Ames, kitted out in their orange CIOVITA leader jerseys raced the remainder of the stage alone, allowing them to enjoy the new route without too much threat from their competitors. After 03:48:22, they crossed the finish line in Baška, hands raised high, to celebrate a back to back win. Their win on Stage 1 extended their overall lead to 5 minutes and 47 seconds.

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