Development Team Sunweb went into stage 1 of the Istrian Spring Trophy with the yellow jersey of race leader but riding for the GC hopes of others today with a tough finish on the cards. Crossing the line in the uphill sprint finish, Florian Stork and Felix Gall finished eighth and ninth respectively, but with splits in the peloton Niklas Märkl relinquished his overall race lead.
The stage was dominated for the most part by a five rider escape group which spent much of the day out front, having their advantage maintained by the Development riders. With 20 kilometres to race the gap was still over two minutes and it looked as if they could stay away however the pace increased and the catch was made before the road ramped up to the finish line.
Tomorrow’s third day of racing sees the race cover 161 kilometres from Vrsar to Oprtalj.