ZAGREB, 8 September 2019 – Some of the top international cyclists will race through Croatia next month when CRO Race takes place.
Formerly known as Tour of Croatia, CRO Race will take place this year from 1-6 October 2019. More than 20 teams from the World Tour, Pro Continental and Continental competitions will take part in the event which has grown in popularity since starting back in 2015.
This year will be the first time that the Mitchelton-Scott team from Australia will race in Croatia. The team includes well known names such as the Yates brothers, Matteo Trentin, Esteban Chavez and Luka Mezgec.
Team Astana will be back again this year and will be one of the favourites for the race, as will defending champions Bahrain Merida.
The race will start on 1 October in Osijek with the first stage passing through Našice, Kutjevo, Pleternica, Velika, Požega, Pakrac and other places in the Osijek-Baranja and Požega-Slavonia counties. Three Nature Parks are on the stage – Kopački rit, Papuk and Lonjsko polje.
The next day the cyclists start from Slunj and go via Plitvice Lakes National Park towards Velebit Nature Park before heading down to Zadar County.
The third day sees plenty of hills with riders starting in Okrug and heading towards Biokovo before heading back down to Makarska.
The stage takes the riders along the Makarska Riviera through Brela, Baška Voda, Tučepi and Podgora.
The fourth day is spent in the Zadar County before riders head through Opatija and Rijeka on the fifth stage. The final stage sees riders start in Sveta Nedelja and head towards the finish line at St. Mark’s square in Zagreb via Velika Gorica, Dugo Selo, Vrbovec and Sveti Ivan Zelina.
This year’s race sees racers go through some of the most beautiful parts of Croatia, including 14 National and Nature Parks. There will be live coverage on Eurosport with footage beamed to 190 countries in six continents.
The organisers of the race are Top Sport Events, headed by Croatian cyclist Vladimir Miholjević, who were behind the original Tour of Croatia race.
“Once again, we will be hosting numerous events and entertainment content along the race and once again be happy to send “Croatia’s Most Beautiful Postcard” to the world,” Miholjević and Top Sport Events Team said.
You can follow the race on the official website.