(http://croatiatravelco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/tourofcroatia.jpg)Tour of Croatia
When the Tour of Croatia tried to enter the scene two years ago, they wanted to do so with a bang, live coverage, eight World Tour teams, and with the aim to get all big guys preparing for the Giro and become one of the most famous stage races in the world.
Well, in the end there was no World Tour team at all, live coverage broke down on the mountain stage, and no one really took notice. But things improved last year, with five World Tour teams, and this year sees another step up, with Vincenzo Nibali using the Tour of Croatia as preparation for the Giro:
The startlist isn't final yet, but if he is in any kind of shape, it'll be tough for anyone to challenge him, with two mountain top finishes in the race now.
- #bahrain Team Bahrain Merida
- #astana Astana Pro Team
- #trek Trek-Segafredo
- #uae UAE Team Emirates
- #bardiani Bardiani - CSF Pro Team
- #ccc CCC Team
- #gazprom Gazprom-RusVelo
- #nippo NIPPO Vini Fantini
- #novonordisk Team Novo Nordisk
- #academy Israel Cycling Academy
- #cajarural Team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
- #adria Adria Mobil
- #felbermayr Team Felbermayr Simplon Wels
- #meridiana Meridiana Kamen Team
- #torku Torku Sekerspor
- #strongman Bicicletas Strongman
- #roth ROTH - AKROS
- #wiggins Team Wiggins
- #gm GM Europa Ovini
- #kolss Kolss Cycling Team
Fortunately the organizers have also got rid of the approximately ~100km TTT they implemented last year
Stage 1: Osijek – Koprivnica
Stage 2: Trogir – Biokovo (Sveti Jure)
Stage 3: Imotski – Zadar
Stage 4: Crikvenica – Umag
Stage 5: Poreč – Učka (Poklon)
Stage 6: Samobor – Zagreb
So it seems like we will get two or three sprints, two hard mountain stages, and that nice cobbled crit circuit in Zagreb again. Looks like a decent parcours.
The race will be broadcasted live on Eurosport 2 again.