Slovenian Grand Tour stage winner Luka Mezgec opened his home tour by sprinting to third place on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia today as the ORICA-SCOTT lead out man enjoyed a reversal of roles.
A widely predicted bunch sprint closed the opening day of racing after a nine rider breakaway had enjoyed the best part of 120kilometres out front before the peloton initiated a controlled catch.
Danish strong man Chris Juul Jensen played his part at the front for ORICA-SCOTT before a hectic finale unfolded with a crash splitting the field in the last kilometre.
Mezgec escaped unscathed and went on to take a very close third place behind stage one winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
“The stage went very well for us,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “The break went early and the sprinters teams took control of the pace setting and we didn’t really have to get involved until the final 30kilometres. It always looked likely that it would come back for a sprint and Luka positioned himself very well in the final few hundred metres.”