Former Tour Down Under best young rider Jack Haig yet again showed his climbing pedigree on the Queen Stage of the Tour of Slovenia today to finish in third place after a classic three-way battle up the final climb to Rogla.
Starting the day in the race leaders green jersey stage two winner Luka Mezgec did the jersey and ORICA-SCOTT proud, leading the favourites group onto the challenging climb up the finish once the breakaway had finally been caught.
The pace was high throughout and in no time at all there were only eight riders left at the front, before repeated attacks by Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) whittled it down to three with only Haig and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) able to follow the Polish champion.
A real dog fight followed with attack after attack coming from Majka who only succeeded in breaking free with 100metres to go, taking the stage win and the race lead at the same time. Haig acquitted himself admirably and crossed the line just behind Visconti in third and up to third overall with one more day to go.
“It was a great race up that final climb, really exciting cycling,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “Jack did very, very well. He hasn’t been feeling too good over the last couple of days and had to fight hard to stay with Majka, who was super strong. We are very happy with the result and satisfied with our position going into the last stage.”