Tour of Croatia: Cavendish tops Nizzolo in stage 2 sprint

Mark Cavendish reversed the sprint result of the opening Tour of Croatia stage, getting over on race leader Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) on the second stage. Cavendish's lead-out man Mark Renshaw sat up just before the line and took third.

It was Cavendish's first win since the Tour of Qatar in February, and a relief after finishing a frustratedly close second to Nizzolo on stage 1.

"I'm really happy to take the win today," Cavendish said. "Yesterday the team rode on the front from beginning and I just messed up a bit in the final, I just didn't have it yesterday really. So I was really glad the team kept the faith in me for today.

"Once again Jay [Thompson] spent all day in front, working super hard. The guys were then also really prominent in final."

The finishing kilometer had a pair of roundabouts that caused several riders to come to grief. Canadian champion Guillaume Boivin (Cycling Academy Team) was given the same time as the leaders after a crash inside the final 3km.

"The finishes here in Croatia are really technical and quite dangerous so it make it quite nervous," Cavendish said. "We had a good plan with Mark Renshaw to lead it out into the corners."

The win and time bonus puts Cavendish into the race lead on the same time as Nizzolo, with Renshaw moving into third at 10 seconds.

"We have the leader’s jersey now which means it will be another long day on the front for Jay tomorrow but he has been so strong and is riding really well," Cavendish said. "The stage definitely isn't for me tomorrow but Reinie [Reinardt Janse van Rensburg] can be up there so as a team we will remain prominent in the race."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data5:32:56
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 5 - Cell 2
7Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 7 - Cell 2
9Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 10 - Cell 2
12Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 13 - Cell 2
15Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jure Miskulin (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 16 - Cell 2
18Elia Favilli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria MobilRow 18 - Cell 2
20Rok Korosec (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jetse Bol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 24 - Cell 2
26Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 26 - Cell 2
28Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 30 - Cell 2
32David Per (Slo) Adria MobilRow 31 - Cell 2
33Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria MobilRow 35 - Cell 2
37Robbert De Greef (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stephan Rabitsch (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 42 - Cell 2
44Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 43 - Cell 2
45Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 44 - Cell 2
46Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria MobilRow 46 - Cell 2
48Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 49 - Cell 2
51Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Matej Mugerli (Slo) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Domen Novak (Slo) Adria MobilRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:13
58Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:00:24
59Kamil Gradek (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team0:00:51
62Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 61 - Cell 2
63Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 63 - Cell 2
65Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 64 - Cell 2
66Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 65 - Cell 2
67Dias Omirzakaov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 67 - Cell 2
69Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Luuc Bugter (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 74 - Cell 2
76Matej Drinovec (Slo) Adria MobilRow 75 - Cell 2
77Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 76 - Cell 2
78Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Wouter Mol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 81 - Cell 2
83Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 82 - Cell 2
84Marko Pavlic (Slo) Cycling Academy TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 84 - Cell 2
86George Harper (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 86 - Cell 2
88Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 88 - Cell 2
90Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 89 - Cell 2
91Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 91 - Cell 2
93Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tilen Finkst (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 98 - Cell 2
100Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team0:00:00
101Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:01:51
102Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:51
103Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:27
104Artym Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 105 - Cell 2
107Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:02:50
108Daniel Biedermann (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 107 - Cell 2
109Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 108 - Cell 2
110Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 109 - Cell 2
111Daan Meijers (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 112 - Cell 2
114Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 113 - Cell 2
115Chris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 114 - Cell 2
116Yanto Barker (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Aviv Yechezkel (Isr) Cycling Academy TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 118 - Cell 2
120Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:03:41
121Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:13
122James McLaughlin (GBr) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 121 - Cell 2
123Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:04:31
124Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:04:40
125Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:05:33
126Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 125 - Cell 2
127Robert Jenko (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 126 - Cell 2
128David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 128 - Cell 2
130Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Andreas Walzel (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 131 - Cell 2
133Lukas Zeller (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 132 - Cell 2
134Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 133 - Cell 2
135Johannes Schinnagel (Ger) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 134 - Cell 2
136Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 135 - Cell 2
137Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 137 - Cell 2
139Samuel Lowe (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 138 - Cell 2
140Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 139 - Cell 2
141Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 140 - Cell 2
142Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 141 - Cell 2
143Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 142 - Cell 2
144Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 143 - Cell 2
145Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 144 - Cell 2
146Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 145 - Cell 2
147Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 147 - Cell 2
149Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 148 - Cell 2
150Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 149 - Cell 2
151Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:07:04
153Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:20
154Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:09:46
155Chris Butler (USA) Cycling Academy TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 155 - Cell 2
157Jonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:11:20
158Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team0:12:39
DNFOwain Doull (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 158 - Cell 2
DNSDavide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 159 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data25pts
2Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Synergy Baku Cycling Project5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Knezevici, km. 84
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk3pts
2Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat 2) Polaca, km. 143
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF6pts
2Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Korenica, km. 14.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF5pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Digopolje, km. 220.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF5pts
2Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gazprom-Rusvelo16:38:48Row 0 - Cell 3
2Dimension DataRow 1 - Cell 2 Row 1 - Cell 3
3Radenska - LjubljanaRow 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bardiani CSFRow 3 - Cell 2 Row 3 - Cell 3
5Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2 Row 4 - Cell 3
6Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Cyclingteam Join-S / De RijkeRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
9Adria MobilRow 8 - Cell 2 Row 8 - Cell 3
10CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 9 - Cell 2