The opening stage for the Tour de Korea started according to plan with a breakaway group of five, who were chased and brought back due to combined efforts by ORCIA-GreenEDGE and Drapac.
The Australian outfit was aiming for the predicted bunch sprint finish, and were in great position until they got involved in a crash with just a few hundred metres to go.
Sports director David McPartland explains: “The stage started off as a predominantly flat one and the profile suited a bunch sprint, which was our goal. After a while fives riders escaped, and we were happy with that. Once their gap reached six minutes, we started to ride at the front to control and make sure they didn’t go any further than six minutes."
|1||Wouter Wippert (NED) - Drapac Professional Cycling||4:37:45|
|2||Joon Yong Seo (KOR) - KSPO||ST|
|3||Sung Baek Park (KOR) - KSPO||ST|
|4||Siu Wai Ko (HKG) - HKSI Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|5||Burr Ho (HKG) - HKSI Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|6||Volodymyr Zagorondy (UKR) - RTS-Santic Racing Team||ST|
|7||Jae Yeon Im (KOR) - Korea||ST|
|8||Keisuke Kimura (JAP) - Shimano Racing Tea,||ST|
|9||James Glasspool (AUS) - Team Novo Nordisk||ST|
|10||Dario Hernandez (SPA) - Burgos-BH||ST|
|42||Adam Blythe (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|74||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|109||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|110||Jens Mouris (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||2:57|
|113||Mitch Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|114||Leigh Howard (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|