Tour of Slovenia: Mezgec wins in rainy Ljubljana

Cavendish and Bennett hits the deck as crashes mar finale

Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) claimed victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, winning by a clear margin after crashes disrupted the final couple of kilometres in rainy Ljubljana. 

The wet roads made the pair of 90-degree left-hand bends treacherous, and race leader Sam Bennett's Bora-Hansgrohe lead-out man slid out just shy of the flamme rouge. A couple of hundred metres later Bennett himself went down, hitting the deck with Mark Cavendish and a number of other riders. 

Mezgec was leading, and took a look around before accelerating from long-range. Cavendish's lead-out man Mark Renshaw was sitting in second wheel but couldn't respond, with Roberto Ferrari coming through to take second place. Mezgec takes over atop the general classification as a result of his stage win.

“I am really, really happy,” Mezgec said. “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.”

The stage was animated by a seven-man move featuring Andrea Vendrame (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia), Anton Vorobyev (Gazprom–RusVelo), Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Gorazd Per (Adria Mobil), Enrico Salvador (Tirol Cycling Team), Tomaš Buchaček (Elekov-Author Cycling Team) and Bruno Maltar (Meridiana Kamen). The septet established a maximum lead of five minutes before Orica-Scott set about pegging them back. Santaromita, Per, Salvador and Buchacek were the final survivors, but they were swept up 15 kilometres from the finish in rain-soaked Ljubljana.

In the overall standings, Mezgec holds a lead of four seconds over stage 1 winner Sam Bennett. “It is my first win of the season and I’m very proud to have taken the victory here in the capital of my home country," Mezgec said. "It’s very special and it will be an honour for me to wear the race leader's jersey tomorrow.”

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott3:50:51 
2Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
4Alois Kankovský (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
5Jirí Polnický (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
6Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
7Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
9Rok Korošec (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
10Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
11Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
12Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
13Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
14Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
15Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
16Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
17Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
18Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
19Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
20Péter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - Bmc  
21Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
22Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - Bmc  
23Izidor Penko (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
24Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
25Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
26Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
27Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
28Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
29Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
30Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
31Luka Cotar (Slo) SLO  
32Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
33Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
34Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
35Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
36Mattia De Marchi (Ita) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
37Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
38Žiga Grošelj (Slo) Adria Mobil  
39Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
40Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
41Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
42Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
43Josef Cerný (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
44Tilen Finkšt (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
45Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina  
46Matej Drinovec (Slo) SLO  
47Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
48Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
49Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
50Tomáš Buchácek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
51Vojtech Hacecký (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
52Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
53Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
54Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
55Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
56Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
57Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
58Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
59Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:15 
60Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott  
61Žiga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
62Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Sidermec0:01:19 
63Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
64Michael Kukrle (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team0:01:32 
65Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
66Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
67Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
68Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott  
69Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
70Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Sidermec0:02:21 
71Mirko Trosino (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
72Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
73Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:23 
74Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
75Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:02:45 
76Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
77Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
78Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
79Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:10 
80David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:14 
81Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil  
82Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Adria Mobil  
83Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
84David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
85Kanan Gahramanli (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
86Andreas Walzel (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
87Musa Mikayilzade (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
88Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
89Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:34 
90Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:42 
91Matic Grošelj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
92Dennis Paulus (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
93Jaka Primožic (Slo) SLO  
94Florian Gaugl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
95Daniel Eichinger (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
96Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
97Andreas Graf (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
98Primož Obal (Slo) SLO  
99Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
100Martin Hunal (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
101Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
102Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
103Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team  
104Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
105Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
106Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
107Ion Ander Insausti Irastorza (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
108Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
109Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
110Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
111Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
112Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
113Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - Bmc  
114Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
115Robert Jenko (Slo) SLO  
116Tadej Logar (Slo) SLO  
117Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:03:53 
118Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
119Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
120Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott  
121Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:00 
122Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:04:03 
123Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:04:05 
124Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
125János Zsombor Pelikán (Hun) Amplatz - Bmc  
126Ismail Iliasov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
127Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
128Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:58 
129Gianfranco Raffaele Visconti (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:06:08 
130Gerd Fidler (Aut) Amplatz - Bmc  
131Nils Friedl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
132Aljaž Prah (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
133Žiga Rucigaj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
134Uroš Repše (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
135Marko Pavlic (Slo) SLO  
136Jon Božic (Slo) Adria Mobil  
137Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
138Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
139Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
140Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
141Matej Mugerli (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc0:06:15 
142Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
143Elgun Alizada (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
DNFKanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFBruno Maltar (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
DNSJacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNSDavide Orrico (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott7:40:23 
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:04 
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:08 
4Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
5Žiga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
6Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:10 
7Tomáš Buchácek (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
8Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:11 
9Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:13 
10Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:14 
11Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
12Rok Korošec (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
13Alois Kankovský (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
14Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
15Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
16Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
17Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
18Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
19Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobil  
20Jirí Polnický (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
21Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
22Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
23Péter Kusztor (Hun) Amplatz - Bmc  
24Gasper Katrasnik (Slo) Adria Mobil  
25Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
26Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
27Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
28Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
29Tilen Finkšt (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
30Michele Gazzarra (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
31Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
32Luka Cotar (Slo) SLO  
33Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
34Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) Wilier Triestina  
35Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
36Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
37Vojtech Hacecký (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
38Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott  
39Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
40Izidor Penko (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
41Josip Rumac (Cro) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
42Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Adria Mobil  
43Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
44Matej Drinovec (Slo) SLO  
45Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
46Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
47Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
48Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
49Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Amplatz - Bmc  
50Josef Cerný (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
51Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott  
52Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
53Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
54Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
55Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
56Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
57Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
58Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
59Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
60Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
61Jure Golcer (Slo) Adria Mobil  
62Mattia De Marchi (Ita) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
63Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
64Žiga Grošelj (Slo) Adria Mobil  
65Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
66Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
67Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
68Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
69Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:29 
70Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Sidermec0:01:33 
71Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:01:46 
72Michael Kukrle (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
73Simone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
74Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
75Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:57 
76Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:02:01 
77Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Sidermec0:02:35 
78Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
79Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:37 
80Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:24 
81Gorazd Per (Slo) Adria Mobil0:03:25 
82Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:03:27 
83David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:28 
84Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:48 
85Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:03:56 
86Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
87Dennis Paulus (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
88Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
89Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
90Florian Gaugl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
91Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
92Robert Jenko (Slo) SLO  
93Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
94Martin Hunal (Cze) Elkov - Author Cycling Team  
95Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
96Matic Grošelj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
97Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
98Andi Bajc (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc  
99Jaka Primožic (Slo) SLO  
100Daniel Eichinger (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
101Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
102Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
103Marek Canecky (Svk) Amplatz - Bmc  
104David Jabuka (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
105Tadej Logar (Slo) SLO  
106Andreas Graf (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
107Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Tirol Cycling Team  
108Filippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team0:04:07 
109Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
110Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:14 
111Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:04:17 
112Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:04:19 
113Ismail Iliasov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
114János Zsombor Pelikán (Hun) Amplatz - Bmc  
115Mateo Frankovic (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team0:04:24 
116Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:12 
117Žiga Rucigaj (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana0:06:22 
118Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
119Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Meridiana Kamen Team  
120Aljaž Prah (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  
121Uroš Repše (Slo) Meridiana Kamen Team  
122Marko Pavlic (Slo) SLO  
123Gianfranco Raffaele Visconti (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team  
124Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
125Davide Mucelli (Ita) Meridiana Kamen Team0:06:29 
126Matej Mugerli (Slo) Amplatz - Bmc0:06:44 
127Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:07:17 
128Kanan Gahramanli (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:08:53 
129Primož Obal (Slo) SLO0:09:24 
130Musa Mikayilzade (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:09:26 
131Niccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
132Mirko Trosino (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:09:58 
133Andreas Walzel (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang0:10:51 
134Ion Ander Insausti Irastorza (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:11:19 
135Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:11:30 
136Jon Božic (Slo) Adria Mobil0:11:37 
137Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:11:42 
138Elgun Alizada (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:11:45 
139Gerd Fidler (Aut) Amplatz - Bmc0:11:47 
140Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:11:51 
141Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:12:00 
142Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott0:12:02 
143Nils Friedl (Aut) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang0:13:45 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott  
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Sidermec  
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Žiga Jerman (Slo) Rog - Ljubljana  

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