Kristijan Đurasek

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Kristijan Đurasek
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Personal information
Full name Kristijan Đurasek
Born (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 29)
Varaždin, Croatia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Team information
Current team UAE Team Emirates
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2006–2008 Perutnina Ptuj
2009–2011 Loborika
2012 Adria Mobil
2013– Lampre–Merida
Major wins

Stage races

Tour of Turkey (2015)

Single-Day Races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2011)
National Time Trial Championships (2011)
Tre Valli Varesine (2013)

Kristijan Đurasek (born 26 July 1987) is a Croatian professional road bicycle racer. He has been competing since 2005, and currently rides for the UCI World Tour team UAE Team Emirates.[1][2] He represented Croatia at two Summer Olympics (in 2012 and 2016).

Professional career[edit]

Perutnina Ptuj (2006–2008)[edit]

Đurasek started racing for Slovenian continental team Perutnina Ptuj in 2006, but his professional career only started in 2008. At the time he did not have much success in international races. He competed for Perutnina Ptuj for three years during which he won five medals at the Croatian road cycling championships.

Loborika (2009–2011)[edit]

Đurasek signed a contract with Croatian continental team Loborika at the beginning of 2009.[3] In 2011, he won his first UCI Europe Tour race at the GP Folignano. Two days later he repeated his success by winning the Trofeo Bastianelli.[4] During those years he won three more medals at the Croatian road cycling championships including both national titles at the 2011 championships.

Adria Mobil (2012)[edit]

In 2012, Đurasek competed for continental team Adria Mobil. His most notable results were third place in the GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano, seventh place in the Giro dell'Appennino and third place in the Passo della Bocchetta stage in the Giro di Padania. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a late replacement for Robert Kišerlovski, who was injured on the 14th stage of the Tour de France.[5][6] He finished 68th in the road race, 40 seconds behind the race winner Alexander Vinokourov.

Lampre-Mérida (2013–)[edit]

At the end of the 2012 season, Đurasek signed a contract with Lampre–Merida for the 2013 season. As a result, he became the third Croatian cyclist ever to ride for a UCI ProTeam.[1][7] His first UCI World Tour race was Paris–Nice, where he finished 80th overall. His first victory was in the Tre Valli Varesine on 23 August 2013. At the end of the 2013 season Đurasek competed at the World Championships in men's road race, but he failed to complete the race. He finished 7th overall at the 2014 Tour of Turkey, 45 seconds behind the race winner Adam Yates.

In 2015, Đurasek awarded himself the leader's jersey of the Tour of Turkey on the sixth stage featuring a hilltop finish, taking the lead from Davide Rebellin.[8] He went on to win the race in the general classification, scoring a historic result for Croatian cycling.[9] In the Tour de Suisse, he won the second stage by attacking a leading group of eight other riders, putting four seconds into them.[10] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Vuelta a España.[11]

In 2016, Đurasek competed at his second Summer Olympics. At the Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Đurasek finished 18th, more than 3 minutes behind the race winner Greg van Avermaet. As of 2016, 18th place is the best ever Croatian Olympic result across all cycling events. During that year he also took part at Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2007
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2008
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
2009
2nd Tour of Vojvodina International II
6th GP Capodarco
7th Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
10th Overall Tour de Serbie
2010
2nd Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
2nd Tour of Vojvodina International II
3rd Overall Oberösterreichrundfahrt
5th Overall Giro del Friuli
8th Trofeo G. Bianchin
10th Banja Luka–Belgrade I
2011
National Road Championships
1st MaillotCroacia.PNG Road race
1st MaillotCroacia.PNG Time trial
1st GP Folignano
1st Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
3rd Overall Tour de Slovaquie
4th Memoriał Henryka Łasaka
2012
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
3rd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
7th Giro dell'Appennino
8th Banja Luka–Belgrade II
9th Overall Giro di Padania
2013
1st Tre Valli Varesine
2014
7th Overall Tour of Turkey
2015
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall Tour of Turkey
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 68
A yellow jersey Tour de France 46 76 51
A red jersey Vuelta a España 63 67
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Durasek, first Croatian rider for Team Lampre". Lampre–ISD. New Master SRL. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lampre-Merida (LAM) – ITA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rogina i Đurasek pristupili Loborici". BK-Loborika.hr (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Đurasek ponovno pobjedio!" [Đurasek won again!]. BK-Loborika.hr (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hooligans throw tacks on race course, Kiserlovski crashes out". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Umjesto ozlijeđenog Kišerlovskog u London putuje Đurasek" [Instead of the injured Kišerlovski, travelling to London is Đurasek]. Index.hr (in Croatian). Index. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Đurasek u Lampre ISD (Merida)" [Đurasek to Lampre ISD (Merida)]. HBS (in Croatian). Croatian Cycling Federation. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tour of Turkey: Bilbao wins stage 6 in Selçuk". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Stephen Puddicombe (3 May 2015). "Durasek wins Tour of Turkey as Mas pips Cavendish on final stage". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Richard Windsor (14 June 2015). "Geraint Thomas moves to second overall at Tour de Suisse as Kristijan Durasek takes stage". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Sports & Leisure network. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vuelta a España 2015". Cycling Fever. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 

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