Michal Kwiatkowski makes it two at Tour de Pologne: I said to the boys that it's a sprint I could fight for
Aug 08 2018 06:37 pm CET

Michal Kwiatkowski makes it two at Tour de Pologne: I said to the boys that it's a sprint I could fight for
Michal Kwiatkowski makes it two at Tour de Pologne: I said to the boys that it's a sprint I could fight for
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) has taken a surprise victory at the fifth stage of the Tour de Pologne. The rider launched a last-metres attack on a finish that was expected to be for the sprinters.

The eighth stage of the Polish race took the riders through a 152-kilometre route that included two climbs of the second category, one of the first category and a slight uphill finish. The breakaway of the day was formed by seven riders and included Mickael Delage, Jenthe Biermans and Jan Tratnik.

The head of the race took a lead of more than two minutes with the pack. The front group lost members as the climbs passed and the last one of them was caught with 15 kilometres to go, forcing the stage to finish in a bunch sprint.

The sprinters were ready to tackle the last metres to fight for the victory, but leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) tried his luck and launched an early attack that he could hold until the finish line. Dylan Teuns (BMC) and Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) took the second and third place of the day.

Kwiatkowski retains the lead of the General Classification.

"The best form of defence is an attack," the Polish said at the finish line. "We stuck to that plan and it was perfect. We didn’t know what the final would be like but when we entered the final circuit I said to the boys on the radio that it’s a sprint I could fight for.

"I had an amazing lead-out. Golas started, then Pavel and Salva were there. All the time I was protected at a high pace and then it was the longest sprint, maybe ever! It was very difficult - I’m more fatigued than yesterday because of the length of that sprint. At the end of the day, Teuns was on my back and I knew I had to start my sprint earlier than Pascal Ackermann, and that’s how we’ve ended up. Everything worked out."






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