• Phil Bauhaus of Team Bahrain Victorious celebrates as he crosses the line in the first stage of the CRO Race (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Phil Bauhaus (Team Bahrain Victorious) was found not guilty of impeding Olav Kooij during his victorious sprint to the finish line in the opening stage of the CRO Race on Wednesday (AEST).
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SBS Cycling Central

29 Sep - 8:12 AM 

Bauhaus appeared to have obstructed Kooij with less than 25 metres to go in Varazdin, however no penalty was awarded as he claimed his seventh bunch-sprint win of the season.

The first stage spanned 237 kilometres from Osijek and offered riders a relatively flat course before a sole category three climb with 40 kilometres to go.

Marceli Boguslawski (HRE Mazowsze Serce Polski) found himself in a good position by the time the climb arrived, having held a 50-second lead over a chasing pack of four breakaway riders.

The Pole’s lead, however, was soon lost with 27 kilometres to go, when even the peloton had gained ground to set up a sprint finish.

In the end it was Bauhaus who crossed the line first – ahead of Kooij – to take the first of six stages across Croatia.

The second stage will see the riders travel 187 kilometres from Slunj to Otocac and will air LIVE via SBS On Demand from 11:00pm (AEST) tonight.

Watch every stage of the CRO Race LIVE this week on SBS
The sixth edition of the CRO race is set to get underway this Tuesday September 28 - and you can watch all the action LIVE on SBS On Demand.