A long and predominantly flat stage three of the Eneco Tour saw 2016 Tour Down Under stage winner Caleb Ewan finish in 14th after a late surge to the line.
ORICA-BikeExchange enjoyed another controlled and straightforward day in the peloton on stage three after a five-man breakaway stayed clear for 170kilometres before being caught only 400metres from the finish.
Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the stage from the late sprint and moved into second place in the general classification behind race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC) with Michael Matthews the best placed rider overall for ORICA-BikeExchange in 27th.
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was pleased with the team and the progress Ewan is making at such a young age.
“The team rode intelligently again today,” said Lapage. “We saw from the situation with the breakaway that there was a little gambling taking place from the sprinter's teams and the catch came very late on.”
|1||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||4:10:36|
|2||Danny van Poppel (NED) - Team Sky||ST|
|3||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|4||Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||ST|
|5||Mark McNally (GBR) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert||ST|
|6||Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo||ST|
|7||Martin Elmiger (SWI) - IAM Cycling||ST|
|8||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|9||André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|10||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|14||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|47||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|60||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|66||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|139||Alex Edmondson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||ST|
|156||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:56|