Backseat for ORICA-GreenEDGE following breakaway attempts on stage 15 of Giro

Sun 24 May 2015

After a couple of attempts to make the days break, ORICA-GreenEDGE took a back seat to the general classification players on the fifteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia.

Another aggressive start saw countless attack attempts, including efforts by Esteban Chaves and Pieter Weening, before the eventual ten-man breakaway move was formed.

From then on, the Australian outfit saved resources for more attempts in the final week of racing. Up ahead, Mikel Landa (Astana Pro Team) claimed the stage honours from a very select group of contenders.

“The plan today was to get someone in the break and the boys did a good job,” sport director Matt White said.

“Pieter and Esteban were in numerous moves today but they never let them get away.

“The first 50km was just attack after attack and I know I sound like a broken record but it was another very aggressive day.

“It took a long long time for the break to stick and once it did and we weren’t in it, there was nothing much for us to do today as the GC guys took control.”

How it unfolded

The 15th stage and first of the really serious mountain stages began like many of its precursors – aggressively.

There were many attacks, including attempts by Esteban Chaves and Pieter Weening, before eventually a group of ten were allowed off the front.

The reluctant cooperation of the front group saw its demise fairly early on as just four riders went on with the job.

By the conclusion of the penultimate, and first category one, climb, the peloton was in pieces and just a small group of favourites remained in pursuit.

By the start of the last climb, the stage was in the hands of the general classification riders.

They traded blows until eventually Landa prevailed for the stage, but the biggest winner was Alberto Contador (TInkoff – Saxo) who won the battle with Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team) to extend his overall lead.