Road captain Mathew Hayman was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s top finisher in 20thposition on the first stage of the Tour of Qatar today.
Head winds made for a long and slow opening day and also one that never seriously threatened the sprint finish that was eventually won by Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar).
The team planned to set up debutant Adam Blythe for the final bunch kick, but the British rider suffered from some bad luck in his first race with the team.
“The aim was for us to make sure we had as many numbers as possible in the front group at the end of the stage and to set up the sprint for Blythe,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.
|1||Jose Joaquin Rojas (SPA) - Movistar Team||3:49:50|
|2||Tom Boonen (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|3||Arnaud Demare (FRA) - FDJ.fr||ST|
|4||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|5||Sam Bennett (IRL) - Bora-Argon 18||ST|
|6||Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek Factory Racing||ST|
|7||Heinrich Haussler (AUS) - IAM Cycling||ST|
|8||Andrea Guardini (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|9||Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Team Katusha||ST|
|10||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|20||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|23||Leigh Howard (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|56||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:25|
|70||Adam Blythe (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:33|
|83||Brett Lancaster (AUS) - Orica-GreenEdge||0:00:33|
|96||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:16|
|97||Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:16|
|141||Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:34|