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Roson surrenders leaders jersey on dramatic final day in Croatia

The Caja-Rural Seguros RGA team will leave Zagreb with their heads held high, after a week of aggressive racing at the Tour of Croatia (2.1) where the Spanish outfit claimed their first victory of the season in the form of promising climber Jaime Roson. Though Roson would eventually forfeit the overall leaders jersey in unexpected fashion on stage six.

The final stage was not without it´s drama with Nibali claiming a surprise win in the first intermediate sprint earning 3 second bonus in the process. This time bonus would prove crucial in the overall classification as it meant Nibali held the virtual leaders jersey by just 1 second.

Hopes of making up the one second deficit were dashed on the final ascent to the finish as Nibali showed his class by finishing fourth in the sprint. Roson would eventually finish 11th on the stage, nine seconds behind stage winner Sacha Modolo (UAE) and seven seconds behind eventual race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

The weeks efforts were not in vain for the team in green however, with Roson claiming the overall lead in the points competition to add to his win on Stage 5.

Roson: “Clearly its been a difficult day for us. The team had done great work all this week, so in that sense its a pity. I lost this battle to one of the greatest cyclists in history, so its not so bad when you think of it like that. In the mountains I was the strongest, but the strongest doesn’t always win. I’ll leave with my head held high as there is a long season ahead so this result is not the end of the world.”

Eugenio Goikoetxea (Director Sportif): “I think in general it has been a good race for us. We won a stage, the mountains jersey and finished second overall in GC behind a rider of the stature of Vincenzo Nibali. The team worked very well from day one so I think we can be very satisfied.”

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