A heavy crash involving Michael Matthews in the finale of today’s first stage of the 2016 Tour de France disrupted what was otherwise a textbook performance from ORICA-BikeExchange.
Michael Morkov (Katusha) hit the barriers in the finishing straight as around thirty riders geared up to contest the sprint, taking with him Matthews and a few others. Fortunately Matthews escaped injury and was able to remount and finish the stage.
2016 Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans was the best finisher for ORICA-BikeExchange in 46th place with South African Daryl Impey alongside Gerrans in 48th.
Sport director Matt White praised the efforts of the team on a nervy opening stage.
“We thought that today was going to be fairly nervous and stressful in the bunch,” explained White. “So our main objective was to stay up near the front and out of trouble. A lot of the nerves were nullified due to the windy conditions and we were able to achieve our aim.”
|1||Mark Cavendish (GBR) - Dimension Data||4:14:05|
|2||Marcel Kittel (GER) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|3||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team||ST|
|4||André Greipel (GER) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|5||Edward Theuns (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo||ST|
|6||Christophe Laporte (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|7||Bryan Coquard (FRA) - Direct Energie||ST|
|8||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|9||Daniel Mclay (GBR) - Fortuneo - Vital Concept||ST|
|10||Greg Henderson (NZL) - Lotto Soudal||0:00:03|
|46||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:32|
|48||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:32|
|87||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:55|
|90||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:55|
|92||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:55|
|93||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:00:55|
|125||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:00|
|163||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:33|
|165||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:33|