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Balkan Road Race Championships 2021
For the next stop of the Continental Championships, we are in Europe for the first time. And we have another MG first, with the Balkan Road Race Championships.

Hosting the location is Greece, and we are in Athens. It's the course that hosted the 2004 Olympic Games, and with a lot of similarities to the Acropolis Cup, a former race on the MG circuit.

A look at the favourites lists confirms the presence of Slovenia in the field, who are very much tipped to win. Mohoric tops the bill, with also Spilak, Tratnik, Novak, Roglic and Kump are amongst the strongest climbers in the race.


Lilovski and Robov from Bulgaria; Rumac from Croatia, Roman from Serbia and Kastrantas from Greece are other potential team leaders.

Here's the field getting underway.


And this is the full startlist. 11 nations in total.


9 in the break:
ALBZhupaEugertKraftwerk Man Machine
BIHCerkezJosipFree Agent
BIHLizdeSeidFree Agent
BULStoenchevValentinBWT Hyundai N Cycling
CROPotockiViktorLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
MCDVanchevskiKristijanFree Agent
ROMDimaEmilHuski Chocolate
TUROrkenAhmetFree Agent


Understandably Slovenia are left to control the peloton. Anticipating this, the Slovenia team was completed by Dzamastagic and Per, and they are working away throughout the race here, along with Roglic.


As the race developed, Croatia showed signs of intent - including in 3rd wheel here Robert Kiserlovski. After a distinguished MG career, these Continental Championships look like they could be his final racing.


Notably though, Croatia never actually send a rider to the very front, leaving that to Slovenia. In the case above, and below with the breakaway finally caught at 10km to go, it has been Kump on the front.


Final hill! Lilovski is on the attack, and on cue, Mohoric is there to look to live up to his team's work.


Frankovic leads the push behind, with Spilak, Kump, Ioannidis, Tvetcov, Potocki, and Kastrantas.


An 18 second advantage for Lilovski and Mohoric over the top. Looming into the Top 10 in the pack now is Grosu. Hills survived, suddenly his sprint makes him a real danger.


Lilovski wants this for sure, but he is struggling to get Mohoric to work with him.


Croatia pick up the chase, that's Frankovic and Potocki. Kump and Grosu very alert, as two strong sprinters in the group. Rumac is probably Croatia's fastest.


Also fast and still in the group, but further back, are Kalaba and Khamberaj.


Grosu knows that the gap needs to close, and he's going for it as the final kilometre nears.


Too much too soon? He is brought back into the mix.


Mohoric has the front, but he isn't looking too concentrated as the group surges back to them.


There's the line, but here are the sprinters. Kump, Grosu, and Rumac.


Mohoric has been truly caught out here, and is down to 4th.


Grosu vs Kump.


Photo finish!


Who is going up in the air in celebrations? It's Grosu! The Romanian takes the victory, Slovenia have not managed to take out the win here. 2nd for Kump, despite having worked for the team earlier in the race - maybe that cost him?


3rd for Rumac, and 4th for Mohoric.

Khamberaj sprints through for 5th, as the Top 10 is completed by Kastrantas, Spilak, Robov, Ioannidis and Lilovski.


Petrovski is 11th.

Tvetcov takes 12th, while Kalaba is able to sprint through for 13th, ahead of teammate Borisavljevic.


1Eduard GrosuRomania5h54'55
2Marko KumpSlovenias.t.
3Josip RumacCroatias.t.
4Matej MohoricSlovenias.t.
5Xhuliano KamberajAlbanias.t.
6Charalampas KastrantasGreeces.t.
7Simon SpilakSlovenias.t.
8Momchil RobovBulgarias.t.
9Nikolaos IoannidisGreeces.t.
10Dobrin LilovskiBulgarias.t.
11Stefan PetrovskiMacedonias.t.
12Serghei TvetcovRomanias.t.
13Dusan KalabaSerbias.t.
14Milos BorisavljevicSerbias.t.
15Michail KortsidakisGreeces.t.
16Miltiadis GiannoutsosGreeces.t.
17Adrian NituRomanias.t.
18Georgios KaratziosGreeces.t.
19Mateo FrankovicCroatias.t.
20Pavel PotockiCroatias.t.
21Ioannidis KiriakidisGreeces.t.
22Borislav IvanovBulgarias.t.
23Ioannis SpanopoulosGreeces.t.
24Muhammet EyĆ¼p KaragobekTurkeys.t.
25Mustafa SayarTurkeys.t.
26Jan TratnikSlovenias.t.
27Domen NovakSlovenia+ 1'07
28Ahmet OrkenTurkeys.t.
29Michail MavrikakisGreeces.t.
30Redi HalilajAlbanias.t.
31Marildo YzeirajAlbanias.t.
32Eugert ZhupaAlbanias.t.
33George Alexandru StancuRomanias.t.
34Aleksa CrncevicBosnia and Herzegovinas.t.
35Valentin StoenchevBulgarias.t.
36Goran AntonijevicSerbia+ 1'25
37Gabor KasaSerbia+ 1'33
38Veljko StojnicSerbias.t.
39Viktor PotockiCroatias.t.
40Emil DimaRomanias.t.
41Matija MestricCroatias.t.
42Seid LizdeBosnia and Herzegovinas.t.
43Kristijan VanchevskiMacedonias.t.
44Ivan SiricBosnia and Herzegovina+ 2'27
45Robert KiserlovskiCroatia+ 3'03
46Mark DzamastagicSlovenias.t.
47Dusan RajovicSerbias.t.
48Primoz RoglicSlovenias.t.
49Ahmet AkdilekTurkey+ 3'35
50Mario PetrovskiMacedonias.t.
51Gokhan HastaTurkeys.t.
52Tyron GiogieriAlbanias.t.
53Josip CerkezBosnia and Herzegovinas.t.
54Martin PapanovBulgaria+ 4'49
55David PerSlovenia+ 4'57
56Iliyan KolevBulgaria+ 5'08
57Andrei NechitaRomania+ 5'27
58Besmir BanushiAlbanias.t.
59Vedad KaricBosnia and Herzegovinas.t.
60Aleksandar RomanSerbias.t.
61Andrej PetrovskiMacedonia+ 6'29
62Dejan StefanovskiMacedonia+ 9'33
63Mustafa CarsiTurkeys.t.
64Ile KrsteskiMacedonias.t.
65Mujo KurtovicBosnia and Herzegovina+ 9'54
66Demir MulicMontenegro+ 10'11
67Goran CerovicMontenegro+ 12'31
68Igor DjapicMontenegro+ 14'43
69Milos NikcevicMontenegro+ 14'54
70Milos NovakovicMontenegro+ 26'48

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