The Slovenia Times

Poland's Majka wins Tour of Slovenia


The 160-kilometre stage between Rogaška Slatina and Novo mesto saw a group of six riders break away from the main group, but they were caught up by the rest of the pack 12 kilometres before the finishing line.

As a result there was little change in the overall standings with the victory going to the winner of Saturday's mountain stage Majka, the 13th foreigner to win the Tour of Slovenia.

"The race was very hard, I'm happy we've won; we've won three jerseys, three stages. We did a great job, not only me and Sam but all the teammates," said Majka, wearing the green jersey of the winner.

As the overall winner, the 27-year-old was presented with a replica of the world's oldest wheel, found in Ljubljana's marshes in 2002 and dated 3,200 BC.

Slovenia ended up without the red jersey for the best points-classification rider as today's stage winner Bennett edged Luka Mezgec, who finished 7th today.

It was some consolation that the white jersey of the best young rider will stay at home thanks to Tadej Pogačar.

"Seeing the breakaway, that the race was controlled I said I'd bring the jersey to the finishing line, careful not to fall. It was amazing," Pogačar said.

Bennett having already won the first stage between Koper and Koper, the German Bora Hansgrohe team won three stage victories.

Wining the second stage in Slovenia's capital, Mezgec secured one stage win for Australia's Orica Scott and 49th for the home riders at the Tour of Slovenia.


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