Tour de Pologne – Rafal Majka Keeps Yellow Jersey After 4th Stage

31/07/2013  //     //  Road Bike, Road Bike News

 

 

 

 

The 70th Tour de Pologne (a.k.a. Tour of Poland, TdP – World Tour) has kicked off and headed back to Polish soil on Tuesday, after 2 days racing in Trentino region of north Italy. The two well-fought Dolomite super stages saw motivated riders like Serge Pauwels, Bartosz Huzarski and local Vincenzo Nibali along with fellow Italian Eros Capecchi actively on the move. The middle stages in Poland are rather flat and sprinters, with Steele Von Hoff, Christopher Riblon and Thor Hushovd among the main players. The race will also see riders being signed with new teams, leaving their squads or stay stable in the same jersey in the next race season, which make Tour de Pologne more worth paying attention to. 

 

 

The opening two stages in Italy brought the first highlights of the 70th TdP as it stepped out of home soil for the first time, also to challenge the riders with 5 category 1 mountain GPMs including the renowned Dolomite di Brenta, Alpe di Pampeago, and Passo Costalunga, both stages spanning on the undulating roads and finish on ascent. GC ranking was a field of close fights among the climbing talents, remarkably Christopher Riblon (Ag2R) captured the win at second stage, right after his Alps d’Huez win at last month’s Tour de France although he described the Italian stages were “grueling”.

 

 

The favorite of both the race and the Poles, good-shaped Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) has been able to show his climbing skills and please his fans at home with the yellow jersey on and as he said “being the best Pole at the race”. Polish riders especially Bartlomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Maciej Paterski (Cannondale) and Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp-Endura) have also been very active in most aggressive rider’s classification and in breakaways, which proves improvement in Polish cycling in recent years. 

 

 

Stage 3 and 4 were exciting fast ones with active escapees of 7 to 8 ahead of the peloton. The stages are long, both more than 220km and the riders had to go through constantly changing weather. Classifications were still up for grab, as the top 10 riders in GC had very close gap of less than 4 seconds between each aggressive riders. 

 

 

At stage 3, the fist stage held in Poland saw a large gap of 10 minutes in the breakaway’s lead, Thor Hushovd from BMC took the bunch sprint putting Mark Renshaw (Belkin) and Steeve Von Hoff (Garmin Sharp) down on the stage ranking. Stage 4, the longest one with 231km, was show-time for young motivated rider Taylor Phinney (BMC) before the finish line. The 23 year-old felt a lot of energy while covering the winding roads, soloed to the stage win by a brilliant attack with 7 km to go, held off the surprised peloton behind him, and captured his very first professional win while adding the second-straight win for his BMC team. The crowd didn’t see a bunch sprint but this pleasant wrap-up of the stage instead.

 

 

Stage 5, considered a decisive and the most difficult one, is a mountain stage of 160.5km and  six categorized climbs, will take place from Nowy Targ to Zakopane. The final two stages include another mountain stage and finish with Individual Time Trial. Let us expect time trial specialists like Fabian Cancellara and Sir Bradley Wiggins show their legs upon the finish!

 

 

Stage 4 Ranking

1 PHINNEY Taylor – BMC – 05h 40′ 17” 

2 VON HOFF Steele – GRS 

3 HUTAROVICH Yauheni – ALM 

4 KRUOPIS Aidis – OGE 

5 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt – ARG  

6 HUSHOVD Thor – BMC  

7 MEZGEC Luka – ARG  

8 MATYSIAK Bartłomiej – CCC  

9 RATTO Daniele – CAN  

10 SCHORN Daniel – TEN  

 

 

General Classification

1 MAJKA Rafał – TST – 21h 55′ 02” (Yellow Jersey Holder)

2 HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis – SKY + 00′ 04”

3 RIBLON Christophe – ALM + 00′ 06”

4 WEENING Pieter – OGE + 00′ 07”

5 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon – EUS  + 00′ 09”

6 SORENSEN Chris Anker – TST  + 00′ 09”

7 POZZOVIVO Domenico – ALM  + 00′ 13”

8 CAPECCHI Eros – MOV  + 00′ 13”

9 KISERLOVSKI Robert – RLT  + 00′ 16”

10 ROHREGGER Thomas – RLT  + 00′ 18”

 

Best climber classification

1 ROHREGGER Thomas – RLT  27 (Pink Jersey Holder)

2 RIBLON Christophe – ALM  20

3 HUZARSKI Bartosz – TEN  15

4 SORENSEN Chris Anker – TST  13

5 PREIDLER Georg – ARG  12

6 PAUWELS Serge – OPQ  10

7 CAPECCHI Eros – MOV  7

8 NIBALI Vincenzo – AST  7

9 PINOTTI Marco – BMC  6

10 WEENING Pieter – OGE  5

 

 Points classification

1 VON HOFF Steele – GRS  37 (White-Red Jersey Holder)

2 HUSHOVD Thor – BMC   35

3 MAJKA Rafał – TST  34

4 HUTAROVICH Yauheni – ALM  31

5 IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon EUS  30

6 PHINNEY Taylor – BMC   28

7 CAPECCHI Eros – MOV  28

8 POZZOVIVO Domenico – ALM  27

9 RIBLON Christophe – ALM  26

10 WEENING Pieter – OGE  26

 

Most active Rider Classification 

1 HUZARSKI Bartosz TEN  13 (Red Jersey Holder)

2 MORAJKO Jacek – CCC  8

3 PAUWELS Serge – OPQ  8

4 MATYSIAK Bartłomiej – CCC  6

5 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel – MOV  5

6 GRADEK Kamil – POL  3

7 DUQUE Leonardo Fabio – COL  3

8 DYACHENKO Alexandr – AST  3

9 MESTRE Ricardo – EUS  3

10 BELLEMAKERS Dirk – LTB  2

 

Team Classification

1 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK – RLT 65h 47′ 30”  

2 TEAM SAXO – TINKOFF – TST  + 05′ 43”

3 TEAM ARGOS SHIMANO – ARG  + 08′ 55”

4 CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING – CAN  + 08′ 59”

5 MOVISTAR TEAM – MOV  + 11′ 40”

6 AG2R LA MONDIALE – ALM  + 16′ 01”

7 BMC RACING TEAM – BMC  + 24′ 18”

8 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI – EUS  + 26′ 21”

9 OMEGA PHARMA – QUICKSTEP – OPQ  + 30′ 45”

10 VACANSOLEIL – DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM – VCD  + 39′ 14”

11 KATUSHA TEAM KAT 66h 26′ 45” + 39′ 15”

12 PRO TEAM ASTANA AST 66h 33′ 22” + 45′ 52”

13 CCC POLKOWICE POLSAT CCC 66h 34′ 22” + 46′ 52”

14 BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM BEL 66h 36′ 04” + 48′ 34”

15 SKY PROCYCLING SKY 66h 44′ 14” + 56′ 44”

16 LAMPRE – MERIDA LAM 66h 45′ 09” + 57′ 39”

17 COLOMBIA COL 66h 49′ 00” + 01h 01′ 30”

18 Française des Jeux FDJ 66h 50′ 37” + 01h 03′ 07”

19 LOTTO BELISOL TEAM – LTB 67h 00′ 06” + 01h 12′ 36”

20 GARMIN – SHARP – GRS + 01h 19′ 41”

21 TEAM NETTAPP – ENDURA – TEN + 01h 20′ 13”

22 ORICA GREENEDGE – OGE + 01h 50′ 55”

23 REPREZENTACJA POLSKI – + 01h 51′ 48”

 

Previous Stage Winners

– Stage 1, Rovereto – Madonna di Campiglio, Diego ULISSI (Lampre Merida)

– Stage 2, Marilleva – Passo Pordoi, Christophe RIBLON (Ag2R La Mondiale)

– Stage 3, Kraków – Rzeszów, Thor HUSHOVD (BMC) 

 

Figures

– 23 teams with 138 riders (6 riders in a team)

– First 2 stages in Italy and the rest 5 stages in Poland

Stages:

1 Rovereto – Madonna di Campiglio, 184.5km

2 Marilleva Val di Sole – Passo Pordoi Val di Fassa, 206.5 km

3 Kraków Rzeszów – Podkarpackie, 226 km

4 Tarnów – Katowice, 231.5 km

5 Nowy Targ – Zakopane, 160.5 km

6 BUKOVINA Terma Hotel Spa – Bukowina Tatrzańska,192 km

7 Wieliczka – Kraków, 37 km

 

Star contenders : Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Sir Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Sergio Henao (Sky), Cameron Wurf, Ivan Basso (Cannondale), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack Leopard Trek), Taylor Phinney (BMC), among the others.

 

 

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