Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig has continued to relish his new leadership opportunities in the back half of 2017, finishing a solid 24th position at Il Lombardia today.
Haig finished three minutes behind winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) who attacked with and then distanced Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) on the penultimate climb and its descent, before riding solo to his second victory in the 247km Italian Classic.
ORICA-SCOTT returned to the final monument of the season as the defending champions after Esteban Chaves, who was ruled out due to a crash last week, created history as the first Colombian and non-European victor last year.
With the change of dynamic, sport director Matt White admitted the team was slightly off the pace of the top favourites.
“We went in knowing that we were probably slightly off the pace of the really big favourites but we did the best with what we had,” White explained.
|1||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida||6:15:29|
|2||Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Quick-Step Floors||0:00:28|
|3||Gianni Moscon (ITA) - Team Sky||0:00:38|
|4||Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale|
|5||Thibaut Pinot (FRA) - FDJ|
|6||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) - AG2R La Mondiale|
|7||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team|
|8||Mikel Nieve (SPA) - Team Sky||0:00:40|
|9||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:42|
|10||Sergei Chernetski (RUS) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:47|
|24||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:03:00|
|32||Roman Kreuziger (CZE) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:05:18|
|64||Carlos Verona (SPA) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:11:05|
|74||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:11:24|
|82||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:15:21|
|97||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:21:25|
|99||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:21:25|