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Durasel, swift attack towards an amazing victory


Durasel, swift attack towards an amazing victory

Kristijan Durasek, 27 years old from Croatia, gave to LAMPRE-MERIDA the victory in the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse (Risch Rotkreuz-Risch Rotkreuz, 161,1 km) thanks to the mix of a very good condition with the clarity of mind in the final kilometers.

The blue-fuchsia-green climber reached the summit of the last climb of the course (Michaelskreutz, 13 km to the arrival) in the head group of 9 riders, whose members were all top riders (Dumoulin, leader of the overall classification, Spilak, Moreno, Fuglsang, Lopez, Arredondo, Pinot and Thomas), and he waited for the best moment to make the winning attack: he attacked at 600 meters to go, obtaining 30 meters of advantage which were enough for crossing for first the finish line on his Merida New Scultura (photo Bettini), preceding Moreno (+4") and Arredondo.

The sport directors Pedrazzini and Vicino could be satisfied also for the amazing performance of the young gun Pibernik (21 years old), who was protagonist of the main breakaway of the stage from the 20th km to 15 km to go (originally 4 members, then a duo composed by Pibernik and Meyer).
Good results for Conti (24th) and Niemiec (28th), both in the third chasing group with a late of 1'01" to Durasek.

In the overall classification, Durasek is 8th at 18" to the leader Dumoulin.

"This is my first victory in a World Tour race, I'm happy and proud becaus a very good season is going on in the best way after the victory in the Tour of Turkey - Durasek said - I'm satisfied I completed in a victory the good performance of the whole team: the presence of Pibernik in the breakaway allowed the other team's members to be in the bunch and to save energies for supporting me in the two approaches to the climb of Michaelskreutz, whose road was narrow.
My legs gave me positive feedbacks in the topic moments, so I could ask them extra efforts to attack, since I was aware I was not the fastest rider of the head group: the final attack attempt gave me the victory".

Sixth success in career for Durasek, 16th seasonal victory for Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.