Eneco Tour
Stage 4: Aalter to St-Pieters-Leeuw - Stage Details

Slovenian lead out specialist Luka Mezgec sprinted to tenth place for ORICA-BikeExchange on stage four of the Eneco Tour after another chaotic and crash-laden finale.

2016 Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews crashed at speed with less than two kilometres remaining as the chasing bunch swept up the late breakaway.

Around ten riders went down alongside Matthews who fortunately did not suffer serious injury and was able to complete the stage.

A long and aggressive day saw the race come alive in a final 50kilometres filled with attacks, crashes and near misses before Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the stage and moved into the overall lead with three more race days to come.

Mezgec was in position with Matthews until the crash with the Slovenian managing to avoid the incident before jumping from wheel to wheel to finish in tenth place.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage lamented the missed opportunity due to the late crash but praised the performance of the team.

“We knew it was going to be a fast and aggressive stage,” said Lapage. “It started quickly and the pace didn’t really let up for a moment. The guys did very well to maintain position when the race really came apart in the final third.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team 4:42:12
2 André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal ST
3 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha ST
4 Arnaud Démare (FRA) - FDJ ST
5 Dylan Groenewegen (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo ST
6 John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Alpecin ST
7 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) - Dimension Data ST
8 Amaury Capiot (BEL) - Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise ST
9 Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) - Trek-Segafredo ST
10 Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
10 Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
53 Alex Edmondson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
56 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
169 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:16:28
170 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:16:35