Tour of Croatia: Zoidl wins on summit showdown

Trek-Segafredo's Riccardo Zoidl put his climbing prowess on display on stage 4 of the Tour of Croatia, taking out the win on the mountain top finish with an attack from just over a kilometer from the summit.

The Austrian may have won the stage, but it was Synergy Baku who claimed the race lead with Croatian Matija Kvasina, who was second on the stage at 28 seconds. Victor de la Parte (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) was third.

Kvasina leads the race by 19 seconds over Zoidl, with Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil) in third ahead of the team time trial.

“On paper Baku is just a small team, but we have proven that with teamwork we can achieve great results," Kvasina said. "It is a small team with a huge heart and soul. Nothing would have been possible today without this amazing team.

“Special thanks to Kirill, who gave his best for me the whole day and in crucial moments. I am forever thankful and hope that I can return the favor to the whole team. It is nice to lead my homeland race and we will fight for it until the end.”

For Zoidl, it was his first win in three years - his last came in the 2013 Croatia - Slovenia race. "This victory means a lot to me because this year I had a lot of troubles in the beginning of the season," Zoidl said. "Just to continue this week with a victory - we have already two - it is incredible. Thanks to the team, they rode the last 50k amazingly. I'm really happy."

The final climb was 22km long, beginning gradually but having several steep sections. Pacing was key to the stage win, he said.

"I knew that it was a really long climb and you had to pace it, and wait and wait. My director said to wait until the last moment. With 5km to go I tried to split it a little bit and then there were three guys. I felt good, so I decided to go a little bit early with 2k to go, and it worked out. It's an amazing day for me."

Zoidl might have been in the race lead but for a 51 second loss on stage 2 when he was caught behind a crash, but now the Trek-Segafredo team will have to make up the 19 second gap to Kvasina in tomrorrow's team time trial.

"It was a pity I lost 50 seconds on the second stage with the crash. But we're really motivated now after this third victory and we'll go full gas tomorrow."

How it unfolded

It didn't take long for the race leader Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and fellow sprinters like Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to be jettisoned from the peloton on the lumpy start to the 122.1km stage to the summit at Vojak - a day with 3,000m of accumulated climbing.

Eight riders made the breakaway of the day: Artem Ovechkin (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Scott Davies (Team WIGGINS), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF), Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy), Brecht Dhaene (Veranda's Willems), Sondre Holst Enger (IAM Cycling), Javier Megias (Novo Nordisk), and Domen Novak (Adria Mobil).

On the 22km final climb, the breakaway was caught by a reduced Tinkoff-led peloton, but Holst Enger put in one last ditch effort to go clear - but with 7km to go the Norwegian was brought back and quickly dropped under the pace of the Synergy Baku and CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders.

Felix Grosschartner (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) put in a dig with 4km to go, but Trek's Riccardo Zoidl shut him down and kept the pace high, splitting a small group off the front with Victor de la Parte (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and Croatian Matija Kvasina (Synergy Baku). They were chased by Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff) and Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil).

Hansen left Rogina behind and made it across to the three leaders as they neared the crest of the climb, but soon Zoidl put in the fatal blow next to the rocky cliff face near the top.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo3:17:04
2Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:00:28
3Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team0:00:34
5Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil0:00:48
6Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels0:01:04
7Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:18
8Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil0:01:21
9Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:01:35
10Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:01:41
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:01:47
12Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:01:50
13Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:18
14Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:02:58
15Marko Pavlic (Slo) Cycling Academy Team0:03:39
16Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:03:48
17Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:03:52
18Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:02
19Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:04:36
20Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:05:10
21Stephan Rabitsch (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels0:05:27
22Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:42
23Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:06:16
24Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team0:06:40
25Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 24 - Cell 2
26Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team0:06:46
27Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:44
28Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:08:38
31Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team0:08:43
33Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:08:48
34Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:08:51
35Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil0:08:57
36David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:25
37Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:28
38Robbert De Greef (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke0:09:57
39Jetse Bol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:10:02
41Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:10:30
42Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:10:51
43Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team0:11:12
44Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 43 - Cell 2
45Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:11:29
46Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 45 - Cell 2
47Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:11:54
48Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:11:59
49Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:45
50Elias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:13:21
51Wouter Mol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke0:13:34
52Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:14:53
53Matej Mugerli (Slo) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bruno Maltar (Cro) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 54 - Cell 2
56Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 55 - Cell 2
57Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mark Christian (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 59 - Cell 2
61Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:15:57
62Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:18:54
63Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:19:04
64Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:19:20
66Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:22:20
67Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 67 - Cell 2
69Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74James McLaughlin (GBr) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 74 - Cell 2
76David Per (Slo) Adria MobilRow 75 - Cell 2
77Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 76 - Cell 2
78Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Elia Favilli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:22:25
80Michele Viola (Ita) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:24:45
82Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 84 - Cell 2
86Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Robert Jenko (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 87 - Cell 2
89Daan Meijers (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 88 - Cell 2
90Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 89 - Cell 2
91Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 90 - Cell 2
92Tilen Finkst (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Rok Korosec (Slo) Radenska - LjubljanaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 96 - Cell 2
98Artym Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo NordiskRow 98 - Cell 2
100Matej Drinovec (Slo) Adria MobilRow 99 - Cell 2
101Joshua Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alexey Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 101 - Cell 2
103Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 102 - Cell 2
104Luuc Bugter (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 104 - Cell 2
106Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 105 - Cell 2
107Johannes Schinnagel (Ger) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniel Biedermann (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 107 - Cell 2
109David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 109 - Cell 2
111Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Aviv Yechezkel (Isr) Cycling Academy TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 112 - Cell 2
114Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 113 - Cell 2
115Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 114 - Cell 2
116Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria MobilRow 116 - Cell 2
118Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 117 - Cell 2
119Chris Butler (USA) Cycling Academy TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Kamil Gradek (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 120 - Cell 2
122Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Andreas Walzel (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 124 - Cell 2
126Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 125 - Cell 2
127Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria MobilRow 126 - Cell 2
128Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 131 - Cell 2
133Dias Omirzakaov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) ONE Pro CyclingRow 134 - Cell 2
136Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 136 - Cell 2
138Daniel Patten (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 137 - Cell 2
139Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 139 - Cell 2
141Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 140 - Cell 2
142Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 141 - Cell 2
143Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:26:01
144Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:26:21
HDJure Miskulin (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:28:14
HDGeorge Harper (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:28:21
HDBoy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 146 - Cell 2
HDMihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team0:29:19
HDSamuel Lowe (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:29:34
HDGuy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team0:29:44
HDChris Opie (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:30:25
HDMatteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:31:13
HDFrancesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:32:01
HDYanto Barker (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:32:11
DNFStanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFLukas Zeller (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon WelsRow 155 - Cell 2
DNSJonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo25pts
2Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Marko Pavlic (Slo) Cycling Academy Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) Gornje Jelenje , km. 56.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo12pts
2Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 Vojak (HC), km. 122
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo20pts
2Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice3Row 6 - Cell 3
8Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil2Row 7 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Novi Vinodolski, km. 8.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data5pts
2Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Rijeka Centar, km. 80.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk5pts
2Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team WIGGINS0:02:02
3Adria Mobil0:03:06
4CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:08:39
5Tinkoff Team0:10:26
6Cycling Academy Team0:11:08
7Meridiana Kamen Team0:12:14
9ONE Pro Cycling0:12:58
10Bardiani CSF0:15:40
11Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels0:20:51
12Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:21:01
13IAM Cycling0:22:54
14Team Novo Nordisk0:23:38
16Radenska - Ljubljana0:27:43
17Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:30:34
18Astana Pro Team0:31:21
20Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:33:01
21Dimension Data0:50:34
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General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matija Kvasina (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project18:53:51
2Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:00:19
3Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil0:00:26
4Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:00:53
5Domen Novak (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:57
6Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team0:01:03
7Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:16
8Markus Eibegger (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels0:01:33
9Scott Davies (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:04
10Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:02:10
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:16
12Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:02:19
13Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team0:02:36
14Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:03:30
15Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:40
16Marko Pavlic (Slo) Cycling Academy Team0:04:08
17Stephan Rabitsch (Aut) Team Felbermayr - Simplon Wels0:05:05
18Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maksym Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:20
20Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team0:06:18
21Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Veranda's Willems Cycling Team0:06:39
22Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team0:07:15
23Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:07:22
24James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:07:55
26Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:08:16
27Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:08:26
28Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil0:08:35
29Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:06
30Antonio Santoro (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:09:07
31Izidor Penko (Slo) Radenska - Ljubljana0:09:20
32Jetse Bol (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de Rijke0:09:35
33Robbert De Greef (Ned) Continental Team Join-S de RijkeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:10:31
35Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:10:41
36Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team0:10:49
37Liam Holohan (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 36 - Cell 2
38Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:11:07
39Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec