De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne - Race Overview

Michael Matthews has finished in fifth place for ORICA-GreenEDGE at De Brabantse Pijl in Belgium today sprinting from the chasing bunch as the race split apart on the final two climbs of the day.

The first race of the Ardennes classics was won by Petr Vakoc (Etixx-Quickstep) after a series of strong attacks in the closing kilometres.

ORICA-GreenEDGE had worked tirelessly at the front of the peloton for most of the day, first with Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman and then new signing Cheung King-Lok and Australian neo-pro Jack Haig. However in the finale Matthews was alone and trying to come from behind on the climb to the finish he could not quite make contact with the leaders.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was satisfied with the team’s performance.

“It was a tough day out there today,” said Lapage. “We had been spoken about as the favourites before the race and that meant that all the other teams were watching and attacking us so we had to work from the beginning to stay in contention.”

Read the full report here.

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Petr Vakoc (CZE) - Etixx - Quick-Step 4:48:50
2 Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:06
3 Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal 0:00:12
4 Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Direct Energie 0:00:20
5 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:20
6 Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) - Bardiani CSF 0:00:20
7 Maurits Lammertink (NED) - Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:00:20
8 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:20
9 Tom Jelte Slagter (NED) - Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:20
10 Loic Vliegen (BEL) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:20
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:20
54 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:46
79 Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:49