ORICA-GreenEDGE won the opening team time trial in Belfast to put Svein Tuft in the maglia rosa. Michael Matthews took the pink jersey from his teammate following stage two – and would wear it for the next six days. While in the pink jersey, Matthews took an inspiring stage win in Montecassino. Pieter Weening closed out week one with the team’s third stage win in Sestola.
It wasn’t all sunshine and smiles for the team. Brett Lancaster was the first rider to withdraw, crashing out on stage six with a broken hand. Cameron Meyer fell victim to illness in week one. Matthews broke his coccyx. Luke Durbridge broke his collarbone. Weening, Mitch Docker and Ivan Santaromita withdrew with a virus. In the final four stages, Michael Hepburn and Tuft valiantly battled to Trieste as a two man team, where Hepburn would finish the first Grand Tour of his career.
“I spent a fair bit of time following the grupetto thinking about a few things. It’s been a dream for us. We came here with clear objectives. We weren’t afraid to tell people what they were, and we achieved more than we planned. It was a contrast of emotions and results. I’m very proud of all the boys – even the ones that aren’t here. No one pulled out because they were soft. They pulled out with broken bones or because they were too sick to continue. They are certainly in our hearts today as we wrap up a very gratifying three weeks.” - Sport Director Matt White
|1||Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) - Movistar Team||88:14:32|
|2||Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||0:02:58|
|3||Fabio Aru (Ita) - Astana Pro Team||0:04:04|
|4||Pierre Rolland (Fra) - Team Europcar||0:05:46|
|5||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:06:32|
|6||Rafal Majka (Pol) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:07:04|
|7||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:11:00|
|8||Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team||0:11:51|
|9||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - Garmin Sharp||0:13:35|
|10||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) - Trek Factory Racing||0:15:49|
|154||Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||5:03:48|
|155||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||5:05:44|