After a massive lead-out from the team in the third stage of the CRO Race, Team dsm-firmenich’s Tobias Lund Andresen powered to another podium and claimed the race lead in Croatia. Pavel Bittner finished just behind in fourth.
The peloton rolled out from the middle of Croatia – in Otočac – as they awaited a 133.5-kilometre parcour, including 2,000 elevation metres towards the finish in Opatija. The fight for the break started immediately after the start and a small group of six riders was allowed to go clear, whilst Team dsm-firmenich stayed together and focused in the group behind.
Coming into the finale of the stage, the race kicked off and the pace went up in the bunch, with the break seeing their advantage reducing steadily and the last rider being caught with before the thirty kilometres sign. The team then moved up to the front of the race with Oscar Onley, Frank van den Broek and Matt Dinham going on the attack, although they were not given much space. With the ever-reducing peloton approaching the technical finale, the team provided Lund Andresen with a massive lead-out with Pavel Bittner doing a great final pull. Unfortunately, the Dane lost the wheel of his teammate but showed resilience and managed to cross the line in second place, whilst Bittner finished just behind in fourth.
Taking a double top five in Croatia see Team dsm-firmenich claiming the leader’s jersey with Lund Andresen and a tremendous sixth spot on GC for Bittner.