The opening day of action at CRO Race saw the sprinters come to the fore as the fought it out in the town of Sinj, with Team dsm-firmenich setting up finisher Tobias Lund Andresen who sprinted to second place.
It was a steady start to proceedings in Croatia with a five rider move able to form out front relatively easy early on into the stage. With all Team dsm-firmenich riders in the bunch, focus remained on staying safe and saving energy for the expected fast finale. The peloton always had the breakaway under control and slowly whittled down the advantage throughout the remainder of the day, making the catch at 20 kilometres to go. Moving up as a unit, the team stayed out of trouble on the nervous run-in, looking to position Lund Andresen for the finale. After some strong teamwork, the young Dane was in a great position for the sprint. Kicking hard and delivering a powerful surge all the way to the line, Lund Andresen was just pipped to the win, settling for a strong second place on the day.