Kristijan Đurasek (born 26 July 1987) is a Croatian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He has been competing since 2005, and has represented Croatia at two Summer Olympic Games, in 2012 and 2016.
Đurasek at the 2014 Tour de France
|Full name||Kristijan Đurasek|
|Born||26 July 1987|
Varaždin, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb; 8 st 11 lb)|
|Current team||UAE Team Emirates|
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.
Đurasek signed a contract with Croatian continental team Loborika at the beginning of 2009. 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 Internazionale Bastianelli. 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. He finished 68th in the road race, 40 seconds behind the race winner Alexander Vinokourov.
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. 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. He went on to win the race in the general classification, scoring a historic result for Croatian cycling. In the Tour de Suisse, he won the second stage by attacking a leading group of eight other riders, putting four seconds into them. He was named in the start list for the 2015 Vuelta a España.
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 the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.
- 2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
- 3rd Road race, National Road Championships
- 2nd Tour of Vojvodina II
- 6th GP Capodarco
- 7th Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
- 10th Overall Tour de Serbie
- 2nd Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
- 2nd Tour of Vojvodina II
- 3rd Overall Oberösterreichrundfahrt
- 5th Overall Giro del Friuli
- 8th Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
- 10th Banja Luka–Belgrade I
- National Road Championships
- 1st GP Folignano
- 1st Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
- 3rd Overall Okolo Slovenska
- 4th Memoriał Henryka Łasaka
- National Road Championships
- 3rd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 4th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
- 7th Giro dell'Appennino
- 8th Banja Luka–Belgrade II
- 9th Overall Giro di Padania
- 1st Tre Valli Varesine
- 7th Overall Tour of Turkey
- 7th Tre Valli Varesine
- 1st Overall Tour of Turkey
- 1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse
- 1st Stage 2 Tour of Croatia
- 9th Overall Tour of California
Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit
|Tour de France||—||46||76||51||50||40|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||63||67||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
- "Durasek, first Croatian rider for Team Lampre". Lampre–ISD. New Master SRL. 9 November 2012. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "UAE Team Emirates". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "Rogina i Đurasek pristupili Loborici". BK-Loborika.hr (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Đurasek ponovno pobjedio!" [Đurasek won again!]. BK-Loborika.hr (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "Hooligans throw tacks on race course, Kiserlovski crashes out". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "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.
- "Đurasek u Lampre ISD (Merida)" [Đurasek to Lampre ISD (Merida)]. HBS (in Croatian). Croatian Cycling Federation. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Tour of Turkey: Bilbao wins stage 6 in Selçuk". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Vuelta a España 2015". Cycling Fever. Retrieved 21 August 2015.