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12 March 2024

Istria Spring Trophy: Tough conditions in Croatia for the REMBE Pro Cycling™ Team Sauerland - Jonathan Rottmann struggles to reach the finish with a broken arm

This year the Istrian Spring Trophy offered four challenging days of racing and an international starting field. On the stages around Porec and Umag, the participants were confronted with rain and icy cold.

Particularly noteworthy is the strong performance of Yago Aguirre, who fought his way to an impressive 26th place in the overall standings. Together with Jonathan Rottmann from Plettenberg, the young Spaniard impressed on every stage in REMBE® service. A brief moment of carelessness by Aguirre on the queen stage on Saturday prevented him from finishing in the top ten.
Unfortunately, in the end it wasn't enough for sprinter Rottmann to score. He suffered a major setback on the last stage due to a serious fall. After he finished the race in pain, the fastest man was immediately taken to hospital after crossing the finish line. Initial x-rays revealed a broken arm. Further investigations show how long the compulsory break will be. “It was bad to lose our sprinter Jonathan Rottmann like that on the last day. He is in great shape and was one of the best drivers in the field, especially on the first day. After he finished the last day in ninth place last year, we had some hopes in advance yesterday,” said sports director Wolfgang Oschwald after the race. The Croatia campaign was also bitter for national driver Silas Koech. Due to illness he was unable to even start the Istrian Spring Trophy. His next appearance is eagerly awaited at the Olympias Ronde in the Netherlands at the end of March. In addition to Jonathan Rottmann and Yago Aguirre, Sebastian Niehues and Jan Marc Temmen also started at the Istrien Spring Trophy. The respective day segments were between 110 and 140 kilometers long. The overall winner was Frenchman Noa Isidore from the AG2R team, also from France.
Source: Image Mario Stiel
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