The general classification battle lit up on the final climb of stage five at the Giro d’Italia today, bringing to an end ORICA-GreenEDGE’s dream run in the pink leader’s jersey.
The Australian outfit started the day with Simon Clarke in the race lead and teammate Esteban Chaves ten seconds in arrears.
Both fought bravely, but the steady pace on the 17.3km ascent to the finish line saw Clarke lose contact as Chaves maintained touch the major overall contenders.
As the attacks began, originally initiated by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), it was enough to snap the elastic to the young Colombian and see Alberto Contador move into the Maglia Rosa. Chaves fought on to remain in the top ten overall, 37seconds off the pace in sixth position.
“It is bitter sweet,” sport director Matt White said of the day. “We cannot fault the ride of our boys one bit.”
|1||Jan Polanc (SLO) - Lampre-Merida||4:09:18|
|2||Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) - IAM Cycling||0:01:31|
|3||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team|
|4||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo|
|5||Richie Porte (AUS) - Team Sky|
|6||Mikel Landa Meana (SPA) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:44|
|7||Dario Cataldo (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:53|
|8||Yury Trofimov (RUS) - Team Katusha|
|9||Damiano Caruso (ITA) - BMC Racing Team|
|10||Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (COL) - BMC Racing Team|
|22||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:15|
|42||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:09|
|89||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:02|
|145||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|147||Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|150||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|152||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|158||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|
|188||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:34|