The six-stage Tour of Croatia will be the penultimate SBS broadcast race of the 2019 road season, with a number of Australians set to feature heavily for their squads.
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Cycling Central

30 Sep - 1:44 PM  UPDATED 1 Oct - 9:37 AM

The Tour of Croatia is a race with a growing stature within the important back portion of the season that includes the Italian classics. 

Australian WorldTour squad Mitchelton-Scott are sending a mixed team, with team leader Adam Yates a hope for the general classification, with a team of opportunists joining him on the startline.

"As soon as the team told me we were doing Croatia I put my hand up to do it straight away," said Yates. "I always find this time of year I could do with a little bit more racing in the legs just before the important Italian classics and Croatia fit in that slot perfectly.

"We’ve got a real mix of experienced guys and young guys but as a team I think we can achieve some nice results."

Alex Edmondson and Callum Scotson will be the Australian representatives in the squad, with Edmondson to get the opportunity to sprint for the win if a stage comes down to a bunch kick.

Australians Ben Hill and Tim Guy will represent Slovenian squad Ljubljana Gusto Santic, with Hill renowned for his attacking style of racing that will see him likely populating the breakaways regularly. 

Nathan Earle (Israel Cycling Academy) showed that he was on good form with an attacking display at the Canadian classics recently while Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain Merida) may be drawing his season to a close with the race after a season that has included 74 race days.

Stages 3 and 5 shape as the main days for the general classification contenders, with Stage 6 finishing on a sharp climb that will likely take the pure sprinters out of contention. 

SBS live-streaming details:

Tour of Croatia Stage 1
Tuesday 1 October  
2300 - 0100 streaming online via Cycling Central website
 
Tour of Croatia Stage 2
Wednesday 2 October  
2300 - 0100 streaming online via Cycling Central website
 
Tour of Croatia Stage 3
Thursday 3 October  
2300 - 0100 streaming online via Cycling Central website
 
Tour of Croatia Stage 4
Friday 4 October  
2300 - 0100 streaming online via Cycling Central website
 
Tour of Croatia Stage 5
Saturday 5 October
2100 – 0100 streaming online via Cycling Central website
 
Tour of Croatia Stage 6
Sunday 6 October  
2200 – 0200 streaming online via Cycling Central website