Going into today’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege as reigning champions, ORICA-GreenEDGE was motivated to back up with another strong ride in the hunt for a second result.
In a day of mixed fortunes for the Australian outfit, 2014 Giro d’Italia stage winner Pieter Weening put in a strong performance for 14th position, Colombian climber Esteban Chaves made a dangerous move in the second half of the race but defending champion Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey withdrew after a crash with 40km to go.
After an inspirational ride to support Gerrans last year, Weening put in a brave ride to chase back on numerous occasions and still be in contention with two kilometres to the finish.
“Pieter was caught up in the crash with 40km to go so spend a fair bit of energy to get back to the group before the La Redoute,” sport director Matt White said.
|1||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||6:14:20|
|2||Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|3||Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) - Team Katusha||ST|
|4||Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre-Merida||ST|
|5||Roman Kreuziger (CZE) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|6||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|7||Sergio Luis Henao (COL) - Team Sky||ST|
|8||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|9||Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|10||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (SPA) - Team Katusha||ST|
|14||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:24|
|39||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:41|
|56||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:05|
|60||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:05|
|68||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:08:18|