Baku, June 17, AZERTAC
Cyclist of the Synergy Baku Cycling Project Matej Mugerli soloed in to win the third stage of the Tour of Serbia and take over the yellow jersey of the race leader. It is the fourth season win for the Synergy Baku rider.
Matija Kvasina is third in GC and wears the mountain jersey, and the team still leads the teams ranking.
Josip Rumac was in the first break group of the day. Later Mugerli escaped with Clemens Fankhauser of Tirol Team, and the two slowly pulled away. They had only a three minute gap on the chasing group which held all the top sprinters. With less than 40 km to go, the other rider crashed on a descent, leaving Mugerli alone in the lead. He held on for teh remaining thirty-plus kilometers and flew in to the finish line, 2:31 ahead of the field.
Mugerli’s last win this season was stage three of the Tour d’Azerbaidjan. He also won stage 3 of the Istrian Spring Trophy and the Porec Trophy.
“It was not such a long stage, but hard and for me a very intensive race,” Mugerli said. “I did 100km in the breakaway, and the last 30 km alone after my mate from Tirol crashed. From the beginning, we pushed, there was no real tactic, just going full gas.
“I am happy with this victory and also to be in the yellow jersey on my birthday tomorrow. And of course many thanks to the Synergy Baku team, which controlled the race behind me.”