ORICA-GreenEDGE will begin Friday’s E3 Harelbeke armed with a valuable lesson after positioning caught them out in the opening Belgian race, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, today.
The outfit’s day proved over after they were caught on the wrong side of a split and were subsequently held up behind an incident coming into the half way mark of the 200.2km journey from Roeselare to Waregem.
At the front of the race, Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) survived from an early break to then join a secondary successful break for an impressive victory.
“There was a moment when we came into the first cobbles section around halfway through the race that the boys were in bad position,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.
|1||Jelle Wallays (BEL) - Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise||4:35:59|
|2||Edward Theuns (BEL) - Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise||0:00:02|
|3||Dylan Van Baarle (NED) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:02|
|4||Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:04|
|5||Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:01:20|
|6||Tiesj Benoot (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:01:29|
|7||Cyril Lemoine (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:01:29|
|8||Jens Debusschere (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:01:29|
|9||Nikolas Maes (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:01:29|
|10||Aleksei Tcatevich (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:01:29|
|57||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:50|
|82||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:02|