After coming close on yesterday’s opening stage today proved to be the day for ORICA-SCOTT’s Slovenian fast man Luka Mezgec who has taken the stage two win and race lead at his home race, the Tour of Slovenia.
An almost carbon copy of stage one unfolded in the hills near the Slovenian capital Ljubljana today with an early breakaway going clear over the initial climbs before regrouping over 100kilometres later as the roads leveled out towards the finish.
ORICA-SCOTT were present at the front throughout and took the race under control by sending diesel engines Svein Tuft and Chris Juul Jensen to the front with 30kilometres to go.
The duo reeled in the remnants of the break as heavy rain started to fall and were joined by Mezgec and the rest of the team as they lined out at the front, ready for the sprint.
A messy finale ensued with a big crash splitting the field on the final corner, but Mezgec’s positioning held fast and the Slovenian avoided the trouble before accelerating away to a clear victory and the race leader's green jersey.
“I am really really happy,” said Mezgec at the finish. “We came so close yesterday to starting the race with a win and I’m overjoyed to have been able to get there today. It was a nervy finale with the slippery roads and crashes, but the boys were fantastic, they kept me at the front and out of trouble and then all I had to do was give it everything to the line.”