Leigh Howard was the only finisher for ORICA-GreenEDE in the cobbled classic shortened by cold, snowy conditions. Coming across the line with peloton, Howard finished in 25th place, 40" down on Sagan and 23" down on the breakmates Sagan attacked four kilometres ahead of the line. While the result might seem ordinary to some, it suggests potential to Howard. The trackie turned sprinter is racing his first Classics campaign this spring.
"To finish right at the pointy end of some really hard racing is encouraging. Look at the results of the two races I've done [Dwars door Vlaanderend and Gent Wevelgem]. There were only 50 or 60 finishers both days, and each time, I stayed with the main peloton. I lack experience, and I need to work on my tactics for these types of races, but the way I’ve performed here bodes well my future Classics ambitions." - Leigh Howard