First Endurance rider Riccardo Zoidl continued Trek-Segafredo’s dominance in the Tour of Croatia with the team’s third victory as he out-paced everyone on a tough finish climb to claim the win in the fourth stage.
“This victory means a lot for me because this year I had a lot of troubles at the beginning of the season,” said Zoidl, referring to his crash at the team’s first training camp where he broke his collarbone. “Then just to continue with this victory, we have already two, is incredible. Thanks to the team, they rode amazing in the last 50 kilometers. I am very happy about the win!”
Five kilometers from the top, Zoidl accelerated and the group split with three leaders surging ahead. Zoidl’s final blow came with two kilometers to go. This time, no one could respond and Zoidl opened a gap that he held to the line to take the win by 28 seconds over Matija Kvasina (Synergy Baku Cycling Project).
“I knew the climb was very long and that you have to pace it and wait and wait, and Dirk (Demol, director) told me to wait until the last moment. With five kilometers to go, I was feeling good and I knew I had to do something so I tried to split it a little bit and then we were three guys. I knew the guys I was with very well and I could see that they were not feeling super. I felt good so I decided to go early – at 2kms to go – and yeah, it worked out. It’s an amazing day for me!” noted Zoidl.