A short and punchy final stage wrapped up this year’s Tour of Slovenia and a successful four days of racing for ORICA-SCOTT as Jack Haig sealed third on the general classification and Luka Mezgec another top ten finish.
A fast finale played out over three finishing circuits in Novo Mesto with ORICA-SCOTT dominating the closing kilometres before Dimension-Data and Bora-Hansgrohe came to the fore.
The bunch split in the last kilometre with Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) taking the stage victory and Mezgec close, but caught the wrong side and crossing the line in seventh.
The Australian outfit enjoyed continued success here over the last couple of years and this year’s race was no different. Frustration at third place on stage one, Mezgec soon remedied the situation by taking the win on sage two and moved straight into the race leaders green jersey.
An epic battle between overall contenders Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe),Jack Haig and Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) took place up the long climb to Rogla on yesterday’s stage three with Majka eventually taking the stage win and Haig a respectable third.
Majka went on to win the overall and Haig finshed safely in the peloton to confirm third place and end the race on a high and on the podium.
“We can go away happy with what we have achieved here over the last four days,” said sport director Matt Wilson. “We ticked off all our goals and then some, stage win and leaders jersey on stage three for Luka and a podium finish for Jack. I’m satisfied and we can take lots of positives out of the race.”