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Press Releases | 09.08.2019

Pawel Poljanski takes fifth in Bukowina while Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo secure their top 10 overall places at the Tour de Pologne

Today’s final stage was brutal. If ever there were a parcours for a final fight for the overall, this was it. There was climbing from the first kilometre and for the rest of the day, riders had to cover four first category climbs over two laps of a 66km circuit. After coming third last year, Davide Formolo knew the course very well and with the Italian champion sitting in seventh overall at the start of the day, the final stage promised to be a day of fighting for every second right from the start. A big group of 14 riders built today’s breakaway and opened up a gap of two minutes, while BORA - hansgrohe climbers Rafal, Davide and Pawel showed yet again a strong performance riding at the front of the reduced bunch. On the last climb, Pawel attacked and distanced himself with some other riders from the former group. While one rider, who attacked earlier in the race, was able to hold onto his gap and take a solo victory. Pawel crossed the line in a strong 5th place, while teammates Davide Formolo and Rafal Majka finished in the reduced bunch, securing their overall places inside the top 10. 



01 M. Mohoric           4:04:42
02 N. Powless            +0:55
03 G. Brambilla          +1:07
05 P. Poljanski           +1:32


From the Finish Line

“Today’s stage was, like every year, brutal and the weather also played a role. The finale was an especially tough one, with many attacks but Davide and Paweł always tried something and attacked a couple of times. We will all do La Vuelta, so this was the perfect preparation for us and I think I can be satisfied with my 9th place overall. As a team, we also took two stage wins and had the yellow jersey for five days. For me personally, being honored as best Polish rider was the icing on the cake of the Tour de Pologne. The team worked  perfectly together every day and even in the bad times we helped each other out.” – Rafal Majka 

“I felt good today and as the attacks were flying I thought I try to go with them. The fans in Bukowina were amazing and gave some extra energy. The whole week the fans were amazing here and it made so much fun riding in front of them. Now I am on the way home, relax a little and then La Vuelta is waiting.” – Pawel Poljanski 

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