Slovenian Luka Mezgec has taken 12th place for ORICA-GreenEDGE on a windy day of racing at Gent-Wevelgem.
Mezgec and Jens Keukeleire made it into the front group when the race split on the ascent of the Baneberg with Mezgec holding on to contest the sprint behind breakaway winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
Good early work from Luke Durbridge and Mitch Docker kept ORICA-GreenEDGE in contact with the front group enabling Keukeleire and Mezgec to maintain their positions for the finale.
Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was happy with the continued improvement by the squad over the course of the last week’s races.
“We positioned ourselves very well today, we were ready when the attacks came and we are showing improvement in every race,” said Lapage. “Jens (Keukeleire) did a great job trying to set things up for Luka (Mezgec) in the final kilometres and work to bring back the leaders."
|1||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||5:55:12|
|2||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||ST|
|3||Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) - Team Katusha||ST|
|4||Fabian Cancellara (SWI) - Trek-Segafredo||ST|
|5||Arnaud Demare (FRA) - FDJ||0:00:11|
|6||Fernando Gaviria Rendon (COL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:11|
|7||Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:11|
|8||Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) - Team Katusha||0:00:11|
|9||Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:11|
|10||Michael Morkov (DEN) - Team Katusha||0:00:11|
|12||Luka Mezgec (Slo) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:11|
|25||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:07|
|49||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:16|