Nils Eekhoff has taken the opening prologue win at the Istrian Spring Trophy in Croatia for Development Team Sunweb, with it sealing the opening yellow jersey of the 4-day race.
Starting as last rider off for the team, Nils set a fast pace around the flat 2km prologue by the coast, doing enough to take the top spot with around 10 riders to come. This set up a nail-biting wait for the final riders to finish before he could celebrate his win and head to the podium.
After his podium duties, Nils explained his race: “Today was a very short prologue along the coast of Umag. There was some wind from the sea which also made it quite hard. I tried to get up to speed as fast as possible, hold it until the 180 degree turn, and then race full gas and give my all to the finish. I’m very happy with my start to the Istrian Spring Trophy, and am looking forward to the next days on the bike with our strong team.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers added: “All went well today, the boys all did a good preparation, you can not make any mistakes given the time and distance was so short. We’re pleased with the win and look forward to tomorrow’s stage in yellow.”