The domination of Urs Huber in the Crocodile Trophy was finally broken by Austrian Lukas Islitzer, who out-sprinted the Swiss rider on the longest stage of the 2015 race.
Double-Crocodile Trophy winner Ondrej Fojitik is third ahead of Soren Nissen (Denmark) and Brendan Johnston (Australia). Sarah White remains the fastest woman.
The top five men broke away from the field on the steep climb to Stannary Hill, and stayed together for much of the searing stage. Islitzer won the bunch kick, and was thrilled to get the stage win.
“This is a dream come true. I’ve been racing way above my expectations at this event and I’ve been working really hard every day, racing with the leaders and today’s win is just brilliant! I’m very happy”, he said.
Huber was not too disappointed after taking five straight stage wins. He holds a lead of 16:49 on Nissen and rode to prevent any time loss.
“Today I rode a tactical race,” Huber said. “I’ve been dominating the lead group over the last few days and didn’t want to risk anything. But the pace was very high in our lead group of five and if anyone had attacked, I would have had to react.”
“Lukas Islitzer took the win in a sprint in the end and is a deserving stage winner.”
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