CRO Race: Grosu wins stage 2

Eduard-Michael Grosu (Delko Marseille Provence) put in a late attack to clinch victory on stage 2 of the CRO Race, three seconds ahead of Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Marko Kump (Adria Mobil), who rounded out the podium.

The Romanian took his fifth victory of the season from a reduced group of 35 riders on what was expected to be a sprint stage, though a mass crash in the peloton just 7km from the finish put paid to any hopes of a full bunch sprint.

With a ten-second bonus for winning the stage, plus the three seconds gained with his attack, Grosu now leads the race by five seconds from stage 1 winner Kump. Edmondon lies third overall, 13 seconds back, level with Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana).

After the finish, a spectator running on the road took out several riders, including Edmondson, Mattia Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Cyril Gautier (Total Direct Énergie). Matej Mohorič (Bahrain-Merida) was also involved, and it later emerged that he would have to withdraw from the race before stage 3.

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Brief results
PosRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko Marseille Provence4:24:39
2Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:03
3Marko Kump (Slo) Adria MobilRow 2 - Cell 2
4Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 3 - Cell 2
5Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b MantelRow 4 - Cell 2
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8John Mandrysch (Ger) P&S MetalltechnikRow 7 - Cell 2
9Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 8 - Cell 2
10Timon Loderer (Ger) Team Hrinkow Advarics CycleangRow 9 - Cell 2
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General classification
PosRider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko Marseille Provence8:51:52
2Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:05
3Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:13
4Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matej Mohorič (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:14
6Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence0:00:17
7Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:18
8Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel0:00:19
9John Mandrysch (Ger) P&S MetalltechnikRow 8 - Cell 2
10Cyril Gautier (Fra) Total Direct ÉnergieRow 9 - Cell 2

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Daniel Ostanek
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