World Ports Classic: Maes Finishes Top 10
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Nikolas Maes was the top finisher in the 195km World Ports Classic Stage 1 on Saturday. Maes, who won the 2013 edition of the race, finished 6th in the bunch sprint.
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the stage, with Alexander Porsev (Katusha) 2nd, and Theo Bos (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) 3rd.
Young OPQS rider Petr Vakoc went on the attack in the final kilometers, initially with one rider, but then going solo. He was caught with about 2.6km to go in the stage.
OPQS looks next to 159km Stage 2 on Sunday. The stage has another possibility of a bunch sprint finish.