This year’s Tour of Croatia is not only bigger and one stage longer, but the race is also more attractive and more competitive than the previous one! Television broadcasting networks from 6 different continents will be covering the event. A record number of 20 teams will be participating in the race. Among them are 4 teams from the UCI WorldTeam classification, Russia’s Tinkoff, South-Africa’s Team Dimension Data, Swiss IAM Cycling and USA’s Trek - Segafredo.
The most prominent rider would be Mark Cavendish. He won 26 Tour de France stages and the 2011 Road World Championships, holds a points classification in all three of the grand tours, the 2010 Vuelta a España, the 2011 Tour de France, and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Recently, he won a third world championship title at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He also won the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. All this makes him a top contender for this year’s Tour of Croatia.
Team Wiggins is led by Sir Bradley Wiggins, the winner of the 2012 Tour de France and the 2012 Olympic gold medallist. This is, most presumably, Sir Bradley’s last year on the road and it will be a delight to see him race this year’s ToC.
We will again have the pleasure of watching Team Novo-Nordisk, an American global all-diabetes professional cycling team. The team’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. Off course, we must not forget last year’s all-round winner, Maciej Paterski of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, who will most assuredly hold a strong desire to once again take the lot.