Kristijan Đurasek

Kristijan Đurasek (born 26 July 1987) is a Croatian professional road bicycle racer, who is currently suspended from the sport. He has been competing since 2005, and has represented Croatia at two Summer Olympic Games, in 2012 and 2016.

Kristijan Đurasek
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Đurasek at the 2014 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameKristijan Đurasek
Born (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 34)
Varaždin, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb; 8 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamSuspended
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
2006–2008Perutnina Ptuj
2012Adria Mobil
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)

In November 2019 he was banned for four years due to the Operation Aderlass investigation into blood doping.[3]

Professional careerEdit

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] He finished 68th in the road race, 40 seconds behind the race winner Alexander Vinokourov.

Lampre–Mérida (2013–2019)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][8] 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.[9] He went on to win the race in the general classification, scoring a historic result for Croatian cycling.[10] In the Tour de Suisse, he won the second stage by attacking a leading group of eight other riders, putting four seconds into them.[11] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Vuelta a España.[12]

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.

At the start of the 2017 season, Đurasek logged a stage win at the Tour of Croatia, where he outsprinted Vincenzo Nibali at the Biokovo mountain finish.

Major resultsEdit

2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
National Road Championships
1st   Under-23 time trial
3rd Road race
4th Overall Tour de Serbie
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 Oberösterreich Rundfahrt
5th Overall Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia
8th Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
10th Banja Luka–Belgrade I
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st GP Folignano
1st Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
3rd Overall Okolo Slovenska
4th Memoriał Henryka Łasaka
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
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
Voided results from 4 October 2016 to 15 May 2019.[13]
1st Stage 2 Tour of Croatia
9th Overall Tour of California

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 68
  Tour de France 46 76 51 50 40
  Vuelta a España 63 67
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ "UAE Team Emirates". Immediate Media Company. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ballinger, Alex (13 November 2019). "UAE Team Emirates rider banned for four years over Operation Aderlass doping scandal". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Rogina i Đurasek pristupili Loborici". (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 6 January 2006. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Đurasek ponovno pobjedio!" [Đurasek won again!]. (in Croatian). BK Loborika. 7 August 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Hooligans throw tacks on race course, Kiserlovski crashes out". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Umjesto ozlijeđenog Kišerlovskog u London putuje Đurasek" [Instead of the injured Kišerlovski, travelling to London is Đurasek]. (in Croatian). Index. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Đurasek u Lampre ISD (Merida)" [Đurasek to Lampre ISD (Merida)]. HBS (in Croatian). Croatian Cycling Federation. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Tour of Turkey: Bilbao wins stage 6 in Selçuk". Future plc. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Vuelta a España 2015". Cycling Fever. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Consequences Imposed on License-Holders as Result of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) as per the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR)" (PDF). Union Cycliste Internationale. 23 June 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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