Tour of Britain stage winner Caleb Ewan finished just outside the top ten in 12th place after a chaotic finale led to a closely contested sprint on stage one of the Eneco Tour in Holland today.
ORICA-BikeExchange rode a controlled race throughout, contributing significantly to the chase and catch of the five-man breakaway before positioning Ewan for the finale.
In the end, the sprint was a scrappy and chaotic affair that finally spluttered into life after the last corner into the finishing straight.
Around fifteen riders jumped early with Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) taking the win and Ewan suffering slightly from being boxed in.
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was pleased with the overall performance of the team.
“After a hectic finale I’m pleased that all our guys came through without any problems,” said Lapage. “We rode very well today and we strongly held our position at the front over the final third approaching the finish.”
|1||Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||4:14:00|
|2||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|3||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|4||Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) - Dimension Data||ST|
|5||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|6||Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo||ST|
|7||Arnaud Démare (FRA) - FDJ||ST|
|8||Andrea Guardini (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|9||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|10||Roy Jans (BEL) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||ST|
|12||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|70||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|82||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|111||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|163||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|167||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|171||Alex Edmondson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:21|