Matej Mohoric has the openingsetappe of the Tour of Austria (2.BC) on his hall of fame credited. The Slovenian champion from Bahrain, Merida knew Saturday in the declining day of driving away from the peloton and came solo across the finish. His Italian team-mate Giovanni Visconti made the party complete, for Dutchman Floris Gerts (Roompot-Dutch Lottery). Mohoric is also the first leader. Frederik Backaert was the first Belgian with a sixth place.
The openingsetappe of the 70th edition of the Tour of Austria brought the riders over a distance of 152,8 kilometers, with start and arrival in Feldkirch. Early in the course knew a breakaway of six riders got away, to drive away. Aqua Blue Sport rider Aaron Gate was the Italian Mauro Finetto (Delko Marseille Provence-KTM), the German Timon Loderer (Team Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang), the Austrian Matthias Krizek (Team Felbermayr-Simplon Wels), the Italian Davide Orrico (Team Vorarlberg Santic) and the Hungarian János Pelikán (My Bike-Stevens).
The peloton had no sense, however, to the front of the race too much ahead. The maximum clue came not more than two minutes. It was especially Bahrain Merida – with a sterrencontingent at the start – that the kopwerk did in the chase.
With still 25 miles to go, was the breakaway swallowed up by the peloton. This was the signal for multiple riders to an attack, but no one knew an interesting hole to save.
Until the moment that Antonio Nibali, brother of, his gear placed. He got thuisfavoriet Riccardo Zoidl, a recent winner of Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, along as passenger. Also this pair was nabbed. Because of this, we went with a compact group to the final phase. It was eventually daredevil Matej Mohoric that the falling final as fastest did. The Slovenian Bahrain Merida came with a little bonus on the finish line, in Feldkirch, for team-mate Giovanni Visconti and Dutchman Floris Gerts.
Sunday is the Tour of Austria continues with a 181,5 km stage from Feldkirch to Fulpmes/Telfes.