Another top ten in another sprint finish for MTS with Mezgec on Tour of Guangxi stage 3

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT finished inside the top ten for the third time today after another bunch sprint concluded the stage at the Tour of Guangxi, with Luka Mezgec taking eighth place on what was another wet and tough day out.

Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) did enough to win the stage and move up to sit in the overall race lead with three stages remaining.

Another day another breakaway 

The 125km day covered four laps of a circuit and once again the rain came down and a breakaway escaped in the opening kilometres. After 10km a small group of four riders had opened up a gap of two minutes.

The group dropped down to three riders but their gap stayed ahead until just seven kilometres to go as the sprint started to open up and the catch was made.

Mixed up sprint

Mitchelton-SCOTT tried a different approach for the sprint today, trying to come from the back with speed, however, Team Sunweb led the peloton into the final three kilometres and the Mitchelton-SCOTT train lost one another.

In the last kilometres, Matteo Trentin lost the wheel of his teammates and Mezgec, Roger Kluge finished in front in the top ten.

Luka Mezgec

“We tried to come more from behind today, so the plan was to put Matteo on the wheel of the sprinters, but we had to break couple times in the final kilometres and then we lost each other in the end. 

“It didn’t quiet to plan, I was just following the wheels in the final kilometre and finished towards the front.”

Tour of Guangxi stage 3 results:

1. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) 2:43
2. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
3. Max Walsheid (Sunweb) 
8. Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 

General classification after stage 3:

1. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) 
2. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
3. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)
19. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

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