Luka Mezgec wins exciting stage of Tour of Slovenia and takes overall lead
Jun 21 2019 01:09 am CET

Luka Mezgec wins exciting stage of Tour of Slovenia and takes overall lead
Luka Mezgec wins exciting stage of Tour of Slovenia and takes overall lead
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec has won the stage two of the Tour of Slovenia and he also climbed to the top of the General Classification.

Three riders formed the escape group of the 146.3-kilometre stage -which included one climb of the third category and one of the second at 20 kilometres from the end. All of the escapees were caught just before the start of the last climb.

The first rider to attack was Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) and his change of pace caused a split in the peloton. The Slovenian was caught and surpassed by a group of five: Aleksandr Vlasov, Diego Ulissi, Ben Hermans, Giovanni Visconti and Esteban Chaves, who reached the top of the climb together.

The Colombian of Mitchelton-Scott crashed twice during the descent but both times made it back to the group again. When it was expected that the winner of the stage was going to be in this group, another was chasing and caught them in the last kilometre. Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec launched his sprint early and could hold it until the finish line, taking the stage victory and climbing to the top of the General Classification.

"Until the very last few hundred metres I didn't know if we would catch the group that broke away on the climb, but then when I saw 400-metres to go I just started going full gas," the Slovenian commented. "I was hoping that the front group would go left and take the shorter line into the finish and they did, so I came double the speed around them on the right and that was it!"

"I knew that if I did a good climb they can't get more than half a minute on me. We were always at 20-25 seconds on the flat on the last lap and I was just trying to motivate our group to pull a little bit. But to be honest with five-kilometres to go I thought we won't succeed to catch them, but in the end, we did."




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