Tour de Slovénie
Stage 4: Skofja Loka - Novo Mesto - Stage Details

Michael Matthews rounded out the podium on the final stage of the Tour de Slovénie. The points jersey winner was edged out by Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Eduard Grosu (Vini Fantini Nippo) in the field sprint in Novo Mesto. In Matthews first race back since the Giro d'Italia, he finished first in the opening stage time trial, second from the reduced bunch on stage two and third in the stage four mass finish.

The final stage of racing followed a predictable pattern with a five rider breakaway going clear just before the first hour of racing came to a close. NetApp –Endura and RusVelo controlled the gap, leaving ORICA-GreenEDGE to focus on the finale. It was all hands on deck for Matthews in Novo Mesto in the fast finish.

"We went into the finish with a plan of how to attack the last couple kilometres. It sounds like the guys got it almost perfectly. Bling just wasn’t quite quick enough in the final. The team did everything right." - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) - Cannondale 3:24:15
2 Eduard Grosu (Rom) - Vini Fantini Nippo ST
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Borut Bozic (Slo) - Slovenia ST
5 Tom Van Asbroeck (Ger) - Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise ST
6 Blaz Jarc (Team NetApp - Endura) - Team NetApp - Endura ST
7 Niccolo Bonifazio (Slo) - Lampre-Merida ST
8 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) - Katusha ST
9 Andrea Fedi (Ita) - Neri Sottoli ST
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) - Cannondale ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
23 Mitch Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
27 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
70 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
108 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST