Taaramäe wins Tour de Slovenia

Porsev wins final stage in Novo Mesto

Rein Taaramäe sealed final overall victory at the Tour of Slovenia as Katusha teammate Alexander Porsev claimed the stage win on the final leg in Novo Mesto.

Porsev proved too quick in the bunch sprint, seeing off the challenges of Rüdiger Selig (Bora-Argon 18) and Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data), while the fancied Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Elia Viviani (Sky) could only manage 8th and 10th, respectively.

The finale was a technical one, and as the peloton tackled three laps of the finishing circuit in Novo Mesto, Porsev realised that positioning would be nine-tenths of the law in the final kilometre.

"I knew I had to take that last corner as the first rider. I did it with some risk," Porsev said. "The last kilometre was very tricky with the rain, the corners and with the wet cobblestones. At 300 metres from the finish, at the last corner, I went full gas and nobody could pass me again."

It was the 30-year-old Porsev’s first win of the 2016 season, though he was consistent in the sprints at the recent Giro d’Italia. “To win is important. It makes the difference for a fast rider,” said Porsev, who added that he was drafted into the sprint role late on the day’s stage. “My goal was to work for Alexey Tsatevich, but Alexey crashed at 6 km from the finish so we had to go to plan B.”

Taaramäe, meanwhile, finished safely in the main peloton to claim overall victory, 1:42 ahead of Jack Haig (Orica-GreenEdge) and 2:38 clear of Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18). The Estonian’s performances in Slovenia have been a continuation of his recent run of form, following his victory at Sant’Anna di Vinadio on the final weekend of the Giro.

"I have to say that it was not difficult today. The stage was flat but our team was so amazingly good. When they started chasing they immediately took back two minutes in less than 10 km. It was a pleasure to have these teammates," said Taaramäe.

After stagnating in his final years at Cofidis, Taaramäe re-established himself during his lone season at Astana in 2015, when he won the Vuelta a Burgos and the Arctic Race of Norway. He worked in the service of Ilnur Zakarin at the Giro, but the 29-year-old, who finished 11th at the 2011 Tour de France, has not yet renounced on his own ambitions in Grand Tours.

"Now I will take some rest and will go for three weeks to an altitude training camp for my second part of the season with the Tour of Poland, the Olympic Games in Rio and the Tour of Spain as my next goals," Taaramäe said. "I am still ambitious for Grand Tours too. I am not too old for that."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha4:27:46 
2Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
3Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
4Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
5Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
6David Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
7Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
9Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
10Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
11Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
12Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana  
13Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
14Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
15Ziga Groselj (Slo) Slovenia  
16Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
17Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
18Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
19Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
20Peter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - BMC  
21King Lok Cheung (HKg) Orica-GreenEdge  
22Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenia  
23Matej Zahalka (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov  
24Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
25José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18  
26Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18  
27Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
28Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
29Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
30Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
31Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
32Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18  
33Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha  
34Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
35Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
36Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
37Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
38Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
39Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
40Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
41Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
42Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
43Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
44Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:00:13 
45Robert Jenko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana  
46Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - BMC0:00:15 
47Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:19 
48Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
49Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
50Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:00:23 
51Tomáš Koudela (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:00:25 
52Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
53Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
54Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
55Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
56Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:35 
57Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky0:00:38 
58Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:00:49 
59Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
60Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:10 
61Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data  
62Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:01:17 
63Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana  
64Matic Grošelj (Slo) Slovenia  
65Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:19 
66Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:23 
67Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
68Marek Šipoš (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:01:33 
69Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
70Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:38 
71Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:02:24 
72Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:53 
73Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
74Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
75Matej Drinovec (Slo) Adria Mobil  
76Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:03:01 
77Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
78Jernej Švab (Slo) Slovenia0:03:40 
79Petr Hampl (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov  
80Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
81David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
82Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil  
83Andreas Umhaller (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
84Tadej Logar (Slo) Slovenia  
85Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
86Lukas Matula (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov  
87Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
88Rok Korosec (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana  
89Wojciech Pszczolarski (Pol) SKC Tufo Prostejov  
90Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
91Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
92Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
93Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha  
94Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
95Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
96Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
97Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
98Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:48 
99Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
100Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
101Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
102Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:03:49 
103Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
104Jan Tratnik (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
105Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
106Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil0:03:54 
107Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
108Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
109Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:03:57 
110Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Team Sky  
111Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:05:21 
112Jure Miskulin (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:06:49 
113Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana  
114Tilen Finkst (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana  
115Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:06:53 
116Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
117Giacomo Giuliani (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:07:10 
118Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:07:12 
119Ludek Lichnovský (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:07:23 
120Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:29 
121Matej Štibingr (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov  
122Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
123Luka Cotar (Slo) Slovenia  
124Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
DNFAleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
DNFDavide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNFMarko Pavlic (Slo) SLO  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFLars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky  
DNFDomen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil  
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha15:10:29 
2Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:42 
3Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 180:02:38 
4Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:02:47 
5Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil0:02:48 
6Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:57 
7José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 180:03:00 
8Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:14 
9Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenia0:03:15 
10Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:03:27 
11Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:03:28 
12Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:45 
13Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:04:04 
14Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:04:17 
15Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:04:53 
16Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:04 
17Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - BMC0:05:12 
18Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis  
19Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:05:13 
20Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:05:56 
21Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil0:05:57 
22Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:07:19 
23Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 180:07:49 
24Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data0:07:57 
25Peter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - BMC0:09:04 
26Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:09:23 
27Stefano Nardelli (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:09:35 
28Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:17 
29Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:11:54 
30Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:12:49 
31Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:13:08 
32Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:11 
33Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:13:51 
34Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:14:53 
35Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:15:15 
36Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:15:51 
37Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:16:09 
38Tomáš Koudela (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:16:25 
39Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:17:39 
40Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Amplatz - BMC0:17:49 
41Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:18:02 
42Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:18:06 
43Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:18:52 
44Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky0:20:47 
45Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha0:21:04 
46Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:21:06 
47Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:22:11 
48Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:22:54 
49Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:23:13 
50Matej Zahalka (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:23:31 
51Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:23:35 
52Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:23:38 
53Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana0:23:52 
54Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:24:03 
55David Per (Slo) Adria Mobil0:25:29 
56Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team0:26:06 
57Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:26:26 
58Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:26:29 
59Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
60Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:26:37 
61Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:26:39 
62Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:26:40 
63Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
64King Lok Cheung (HKg) Orica-GreenEdge0:27:05 
65Ziga Groselj (Slo) Slovenia0:27:22 
66Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:27:39 
67Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:27:40 
68Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:27:48 
69Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:28:14 
70Rok Korosec (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:28:56 
71Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:29:16 
72Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:29:36 
73Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:29:51 
74Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:30:22 
75Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:30:55 
76Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:31:02 
77Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:31:40 
78Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:31:57 
79Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:31:58 
80Jan Tratnik (Slo) Amplatz - BMC0:32:03 
81Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil0:32:28 
82Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:32:32 
83Marek Šipoš (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:33:02 
84Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:33:33 
85Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - BMC0:33:35 
86Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:33:36 
87Jernej Švab (Slo) Slovenia0:33:50 
88Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:34:10 
89Matej Drinovec (Slo) Adria Mobil0:34:12 
90Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:34:18 
91Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:35:05 
92Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:35:13 
93Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:35:25 
94Matic Grošelj (Slo) Slovenia0:35:42 
95Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:35:54 
96Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil0:36:10 
97Petr Hampl (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:36:14 
98Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:36:19 
99Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:37:19 
100Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:37:29 
101Gian Marco Di Francesco (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:37:48 
102Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - BMC0:37:56 
103Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:38:13 
104Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:39:10 
105Tadej Logar (Slo) Slovenia0:39:20 
106Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:40:07 
107Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky0:40:08 
108Lukas Matula (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:40:09 
109Giacomo Giuliani (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis0:40:12 
110Andreas Umhaller (Aut) Amplatz - BMC0:40:24 
111Wojciech Pszczolarski (Pol) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:40:36 
112Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:41:39 
113Luka Cotar (Slo) Slovenia0:42:57 
114Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:43:59 
115Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil0:44:08 
116Robert Jenko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:44:13 
117Matej Štibingr (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:45:10 
118Jure Miskulin (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:46:02 
119David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:48:01 
120Tilen Finkst (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:48:42 
121Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:48:57 
122Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:50:08 
123Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Team Sky0:50:39 
124Ludek Lichnovský (Cze) SKC Tufo Prostejov0:53:36 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge46 pts
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida45 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha45 
4Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge28 
5Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha25 
6Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data25 
7Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data23 
8Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 1820 
9Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil19 
10Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team18 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) Amplatz - BMC17 pts
2Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha12 
4Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini10 
5Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Norda - Mg. K Vis9 
6Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge8 
7Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8 
8Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil7 
9Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec6 
10Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise6 
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec15:13:16 
2Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:01:17 
3Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:17 
4Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:14:52 
5Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha0:18:17 
6Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:18:19 
7Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - Ljubljana0:21:05 
8David Per (Slo) Adria Mobil0:22:42 
9Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:23:50 
10Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:23:53 


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