Istrian Spring Trophy
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  Posted March 15th, 2011 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 3 comments

Season opener in Croatia

By: Zdenko Kahlina

International cycling race
An international cycling race “Istarsko Proljeće” (Istrian Spring), is a staged and road race in the duration of several days, which will be held eight years in a row from 17 to 20 March.

Map of Istria (Croatia)

RACE SCHEDULE

Prolog 17.03.2011.
Prolog start will be in Tinjan, and finish in Sv. Petar u Šumi.
Total of 5,8 km

I Stage 18.03.2011.
Poreč – Pazin – Labin 137 km
Total of 137 km

II Stage 19.03.2011.
Vrsar – Žminj – Buzet – Motovun
Total of 157 km

III Stage 20.03.2011.
Pazin – Novigrad – Motovun – Poreč
Total of 141 km

Start of the first stage and finish of the last stage will be in Zelena Laguna by town of Poreč.

The race will gather top cyclists from Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Australia and many other countries. The race is included in the international UCI list. Participants and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Istrian landscapes.

Organized by BK “Meridiana – Kamen Pazin from Pazin, the international stage race through Istria” Istrian Spring “this year, from the 17th to 20th of March, will experience its eighth edition. The squad was created by joining together the Estonian Meridiana-Kalev Chocolate Team and Croatian amateur team Puris-Kamen-Pazin from Istria. 

Cobblestone and narrow streets of Porec will host cyclist again this year.

Superior bicycle riders from Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Australia, Canada, Nigeria and many other countries are competing for World Cup points in several challenging stages. Just in time for this race, the International Cycling Union approved a Continental license for Michael Rasmussen’s new Christina Watches – Onfone team. The team will be officially launched next week at the Istarsko proljece – Istrian Spring Trophy in Croatia. The Croatian Robert Kiserlovski was also supposed to take part in the Istrian Spring Week with his national team, but he has cancelled that appointment, after a terribly spectacular crash he had at Paris-Nice in stage 7 on Saturday. TV footage showed him lying on the ground under a parked truck on a slippery downhill.

Otherwise, this race can be found in the cycling calendar of the World Cycling Organization UCI (Union Cycliste International) and is recognized in the cycling world by the number of competitors and the quality of the bicycle riders.

Small Istrian town Motovun will be host of one of the stages 

ISTRIAN SPRING TROPHY 2011

Vrecer takes prologue by a hair. Kelderman sets fastest time but loses on false start penalty…

Robert Vrecer (Perutnina Ptuj) proved much faster on the day

Rabobank’s Wilco Kelderman narrowly missed out on the first leader’s jersey of the Istrian Spring Trophy by hundredths of a second after being docked one second for a false start by the officials. The adjustment meant Slovenian Robert Vrecer (Perutnina Ptuj) claimed the stage win and lead on GC by a fraction of a second.

The Rabobank team manager Arthur van Dongen was incensed, saying the team was robbed. “I watched the start of course. At 1 seconds Wilco put pressure on the pedals and a fraction later, the man holding the bike let go. I am sure that he was launched. The strangest thing was we didn’t find out until some time after the finish of the last rider. To lose by three hundredths of seconds difference is very bitter.”

The top three in the prologue: Wilco Kelderman, Robert Vrecer and Andre Schulze

Michael Rasmussen (Christina Watches) in his first race with his new team

March 18, Stage 1: Zelena laguna – Labin 137km
Mezgec slips away for stage win and Vrecer maintains race lead.

Full Results

  Rider Name (Country) Team  Results
1 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Sava 3:15:24
2 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team 0:00:03
3 Jan Polanc (Slo) Radenska 0:00:04
4 Blaž Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
5 Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team  
6 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:07
7 Mathias Wiele (Ger) Jenatec Cycling  
8 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
9 Adam Homolka (Cze) WSA – Viperbike  
10 Laurence Warabasse (USA) United States  

 General classification after stage 1

  Rider Name (Country) Team  Results
1 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 3:23:56
2 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:25
3 Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team 0:00:26
4 Blaž Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:32
5 Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
6 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:00:34
7 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team 0:00:35
8 Laurence Warabasse (USA) United States 0:00:40
9 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Sava 0:00:46
10 Gavin Mannion (USA) United States 0:00:47

March 19, Stage 2: Vrsar – Motovun 157km

Vrecer prevails in penultimate stage and extends overall lead.

Race leader Robert Vrecer (Perutnina Ptuj) wins his second stage at the Istrian Spring Trophy.

2. Stage Full Results

1 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 3:51:36  
2 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team 0:00:13  
3 Florian Vogel (Swi) Switzerland 0:00:25  
4 Mathias Wiele (Ger) Jenatec Cycling 0:00:26  
5 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
6 Georg Preidler (Aut) Tyrol Team    
7 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team Concordia Forsikring – Himmerland 0:00:30  
8 Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
9 Marek Canecky (Svk) Manisaspor Cycling Team    
10 Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Konya Torku Seker Spor – Vivelo    

Stage two podium (l-r): Radoslav Rogina (Loborika Favorit Team), Robert Vrecer (Perutnina Ptuj) and Florian Vogel (Switzerland)

General classification after stage 2

 
1 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 7:15:22    
2 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team 0:00:52    
3 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:59    
4 Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:01:12    
5 Blaž Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:01:16    
6 Florian Vogel (Swi) Switzerland 0:01:20    
7 Laurence Warabasse (USA) United States 0:01:24    
8 Mathias Wiele (Ger) Jenatec Cycling 0:01:35    
9 Dmitry Ignatiev (Rus) Itera – Katusha 0:01:36    
10 Daan Oliver (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:01:40  

March 20, Stage 3: Pazin – Zelena laguna 141km
Vrecer claims overall at Istrian Spring Trophy and Roth wins final stage…

Full Results

1 Christopher Roth (Ger) Seven Stones 3:11:41  
2 Kristijan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
3 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Itera – Katusha    
4 Blaž Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil    
5 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
6 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team    
7 Roy Hegreberg (Nor) Sparebanken Vest – Ridley    
8 Domenico Agosta (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    
9 Gavin Mannion (USA) United States    
10 Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team    

 

Final general classification
1 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 10:27:03  
2 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika Favorit Team 0:00:51  
3 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:57  
4 Marc Goos (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:01:12  
5 Blaž Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:01:16  
6 Florian Vogel (Swi) Switzerland 0:01:20  
7 Laurence Warabasse (USA) United States 0:01:24  
8 Mathias Wiele (Ger) Jenatec Cycling 0:01:35  
9 Dmitry Ignatiev (Rus) Itera – Katusha 0:01:36  
10 Daan Oliver (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:01:40  

Complete results are here:

http://www.hbs.hr/rezultati_utrka/2011/3_stage.pdf

ISTRIAN SPRING TROPHY 2010

In addition to sports, the emphasize is on friendly character of the event and the participants and visitors can enjoy the untouched natural beauties of Istria and hospitality of the host.The final overall podium in 2010: Blaz Furdi (2nd, Sava), Robert Vrecer (1st, Perutnina Ptuj) and Radoslav Rogina (3rd, Loborika) Photo: © Ivo Rilovic  

Last year Robert Vrecer gave it everything to maintain his advantage as he approached the finish in Motovun. Photo: © Ivo Rilovic
In sprint for a stage win, Croatian Rogina crossed the line with his hands in the air
 

2010 FINAL RESULTS

1 Robert Vrecer (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj                                9:52:55
2 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Sava                                               0:00:18
3 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika                                 0:00:24
4 Jan Tratnik (Slo) Zheroquadro-Radenska           0:00:54
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental              0:01:05
6 Rodrigues Argueles (Rus) Itera-Katusha            0:01:10
7 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil                                  0:01:23
8 Harald Totschnig (Aut) Tyrol Team                            0:01:26
9 Michael Stevensson (Swe) Sparbenken Vest – Ridley     0:01:34
10 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool-Author             0:01:41
 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2010  VRECER Robert
2009  MAHORIC Mitja 
2008  RATTI Eddy 
2007  BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 
2006  BOZIC Borut 
2005  BOZIC Borut 
2004  ZRIMSEK Jure 
2003  WEENING Pieter
2002  GOLCER Jure
2001  HAUPTMAN Andrej

Poreč, Istria

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