Tour of Slovenia: Bennett wins stage 1

Irishman pips Colbrelli and Mezgec in sprint

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the 2017 Tour of Slovenia with a powerful sprint in Kocevje.

The Irishman, who came close on a number of occasions at last month's Giro d'Italia, got the better of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) after a strong lead-out from his Bora-Hansgrohe team. 

"I must admit that today I didn't expect stage victory. I'm still feeling tired from Giro and I'm surprised over this amazing result. After the crash in that last corner positions changed somewhat and I saw my opportunity for a victory and I took it. Thanks to my team I did it!," said Bennett.

Mark Cavendish, making his first racing appearance since March after suffering from Epstein Barr Virus, declined to sprint. His Dimension Data teammates took control of the peloton in the final few kilometres but Bora took over in the final kilometre and Cavendish free-wheeled across the line in 10th place.

The 159.5km stage presented an early difficulty in the form of the second-category Crni Kal climb but was largely flat thereafter, giving the sprinters' teams plenty of opportunity to bring back the nine-man break.

The last of them was caught with eight kilometres to go, and Dimension Data's presence at the front of the bunch raised expectations that Cavendish might silence the doubts that abound over his Tour de France participation. But it was Bora who took over and delivered Bennett to a convincing victory. Bennett now pulls on the first green leader's jersey of the race.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe3:49:46 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
3Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott  
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
5Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
6Rok Korosec (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
7Ziga Horvat (Slo) Adria Mobil  
8Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
9Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
10Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
11Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
12Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
13Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates  
14Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott  
15Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
16Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
17Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
18Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
19Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
20Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
21Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
22Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida  
23Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
24Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
25Tilen Finkst (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
26Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
27Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
28Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
29Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
30Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
31Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
32Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
33Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
34Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
35Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
36Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
37Dennis Paulus (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
38Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
39Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
40Péter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - BMC  
41Edward Ravasi (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
42Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
43Luka Cotar (Slo) Slovenia  
44Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
45Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
46Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
47Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
48Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
49Jirí Polnicky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
50Matej Drinovec (Slo) Slovenia  
51Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
52Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
53Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia  
54Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
55Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
56Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
57Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
58Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
59Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
60Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
61Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
62Izidor Penko (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
63Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
64Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
65Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
66Florian Gaugl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
67Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
68Josef Cerny (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
69Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
70Michael Kukrle (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
71Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
72Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
73Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
74Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
75Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
76Martin Hunal (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
77Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
78Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
79Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
80Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
81Aljaz Prah (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
82Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
83Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
84Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
85Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
86Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
87David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
88Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - BMC  
89Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
90Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
92Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
93Tadej Logar (Slo) Slovenia  
94Marko Pavlic (Slo) Slovenia  
95Ismail Iliasov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
96Matic Groselj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
97Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
98Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
99Jaka Primozic (Slo) Slovenia  
100Daniel Eichinger (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
101Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
102Gianfranco Visconti (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
103Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
104Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
105Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
106Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
107Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
108Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
109Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
110Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
111János Zsombor Pelikán (Hun) Amplatz - BMC  
112Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team  
113Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
114Andreas Graf (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
115Mattia De Marchi (Ita) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
116Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
117Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
118Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:00:15 
119Matej Mugerli (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
120David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:00:28 
121Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott  
122Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
123Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott  
124Bruno Maltar (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
125Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil0:05:16 
126Elgun Alizada (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
127Kanan Gahramanli (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:25 
128Gerd Fidler (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
129Primoz Obal (Slo) Slovenia0:05:28 
130Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:05:30 
131Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:00 
132Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:38 
133Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:05:44 
134Musa Mikayilzade (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:58 
135Ziga Groselj (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:00 
136Mirko Trosino (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:07:23 
137Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:00 
138Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:07:23 
139Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:00 
140Nils Friedl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang0:07:23 
141Andreas Walzel (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
142Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
143Ion Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
144Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:55 
145Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
146Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:00 
147Davide Orrico (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:00:00 
Sprint 1 - Lipica, km 45.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana5 pts
2Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team3 
3Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini1 
Sprint 2 - Ribnica, km 134.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana5 pts
2Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini3 
3Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil1 
Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Crni Kal, km 18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6 pts
2Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana4 
3Primoz Obal (Slo) Slovenia2 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe3:49:36 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:04 
3Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
4Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott0:00:06 
5Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:07 
6Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team0:00:08 
7Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Emirates0:00:10 
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
9Rok Korosec (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
10Ziga Horvat (Slo) Adria Mobil  
11Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
12Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
13Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
14Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
15Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
16Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates  
17Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott  
18Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
19Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
20Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
21Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
22Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
23Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
24Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
25Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida  
26Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
27Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
28Tilen Finkst (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
29Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
30Ziga Rucigaj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
31Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
32Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
33Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
34Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
35Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
36Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
37Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
38Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
39Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
40Dennis Paulus (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
41Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
42Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
43Péter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - BMC  
44Edward Ravasi (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
45Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
46Luka Cotar (Slo) Slovenia  
47Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
48Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
49Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
50Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
51Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
52Jirí Polnicky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
53Matej Drinovec (Slo) Slovenia  
54Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
55Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia  
57Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
58Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
59Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
60Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
61Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
62Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
63Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
64Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
65Izidor Penko (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
66Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
67Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
68Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
69Florian Gaugl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
70Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
71Josef Cerny (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
72Michael Kukrle (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
73Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
74Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
75Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
76Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
77Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
78Martin Hunal (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
79Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
80Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
81Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
82Aljaz Prah (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
83Uros Repse (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
84Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
85Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
86Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
87Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
88David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
89Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - BMC  
90Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
91Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team UAE Emirates  
93Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
94Tadej Logar (Slo) Slovenia  
95Marko Pavlic (Slo) Slovenia  
96Ismail Iliasov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
97Matic Groselj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
98Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
99Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
100Jaka Primozic (Slo) Slovenia  
101Daniel Eichinger (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
102Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
103Gianfranco Visconti (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
104Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
105Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
106Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
107Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
108Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
109Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
110Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
111János Zsombor Pelikán (Hun) Amplatz - BMC  
112Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team  
113Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
114Andreas Graf (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
115Mattia De Marchi (Ita) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
116Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
117Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
118Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
119Ziga Groselj (Slo) Adria Mobil  
120Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
121Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
122Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
123Davide Orrico (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
124Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:00:25 
125Matej Mugerli (Slo) Amplatz - BMC  
126David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:00:38 
127Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott  
128Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
129Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott  
130Bruno Maltar (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
131Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil0:05:25 
132Elgun Alizada (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:26 
133Kanan Gahramanli (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:05:35 
134Gerd Fidler (Aut) Amplatz - BMC  
135Primoz Obal (Slo) Slovenia0:05:38 
136Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:05:40 
137Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:48 
138Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:05:54 
139Musa Mikayilzade (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:06:08 
140Mirko Trosino (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:07:33 
141Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
142Nils Friedl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
143Andreas Walzel (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
144Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
145Ion Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
146Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:05 
147Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe25 pts
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida20 
3Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott16 
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Emirates14 
5Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini12 
6Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana10 
7Rok Korosec (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc10 
8Ziga Horvat (Slo) Adria Mobil9 
9Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe7 
11Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data6 
12Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini5 
13Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini4 
14Alois Kankovsky (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team4 
15Jan Polanc (Slo) Team UAE Emirates3 
16Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team3 
17Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott2 
18Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina1 
19Jon Bozic (Slo) Adria Mobil1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6 pts
2Ziga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana4 
3Primoz Obal (Slo) Slovenia2 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora-Hansgrohe11:29:18 
2Bahrain-Merida  
3UAE Team Emirates  
4Adria Mobil  
5Nippo - Vini Fantini  
6Orica-Scott  
7Rog - Ljubljana  
8Dimension Data  
9Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
10Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
11Androni Giocattoli  
12Wilier Triestina  
13Gazprom – Rusvelo  
14Tirol Cycling Team  
15Amplatz - BMC  
16Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
17Slovenia  
18Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
19Meridiana Kamen Team  

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