Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard claimed his second stage win to take the leader’s jersey in the Tour of Croatia on Saturday.
Dane Vingegaard, 25, competing in his first race since winning the Tour de France in July, claimed the toughest hilly 154km stage five from Opatija, having also won a stage on Thursday.
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The Jumbo-Visma climber attacked with 200 metres to the finish line at Labin to cross ahead of Britain’s Oscar Onley and Slovenian Matej Mohoric.
Vingegaard leads Mohoric and Onley respectively by eight seconds in the overall standings going into Sunday’s 158km sixth and final stage from Sveta Nedelja to Zagreb.
Meanwhile, Enric Mas followed up his second-place finish at the recent Vuelta a Espana by beating Tadej Pogacar to the Giro dell’Emilia.
Movistar rider Mas broke away on the fifth and final climb to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca to snatch the win from race favourite Pogacar, who will be defending his Il Lombardia title next weekend.
Two-time Tour de France champion Pogacar had controlled much of the race with his UAE team, but had to content himself with second place ahead of Intermarche rider Domenico Pozzovivo.