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Press Releases | 31.07.2022

Sam Bennett fifth in chaotic sprint finale on the second stage of the Tour de Pologne

For the fast men, today's 204 km long and very slightly undulating route between Chełm and Zamość once again offered a chance to take a stage win, while this meant an easier day for the GC contenders. However, rain, slippery roads and the danger of echelons made the race difficult at times. In the end, the breakaway was unsuccessful and the sprinters, as expected, settled the stage win among themselves. With G. Thijssen's victory, Sam Bennett had to settle for fifth place. Tomorrow, on the longest stage of this year's race, the GC riders are set to come to the fore for the first time.



01 G. Thijssen         4:47:23

02 P. Ackermann       +0:00

03 J. Milan                +0:00

04 O. Kooij               +0:00

05 S. Bennett            +0:00


From the Finish Line

"It was quite a hectic finale, with patches of wet and also dry roads, which made it harder to find a good position. However, the guys did a great job and protected me well until the very last moment. Not many teams were very well organised today, so under these conditions we did the best that we could. I just think I had too many accelerations in the legs, so I didn't have the final kick necessary in the finale. I was disappointed with how I felt in the last 200 metres. But I think that the form is almost there, and that big result is just around the corner." - Sam Bennett

"A bunch sprint was expected yet again today. The riders had to do a circuit so they had the chance to see the finishing straight before the final sprint. We aimed to sprint with Sam and bring him into the best possible position ahead of the finale. In what was a very chaotic sprint, each of our riders did their maximum effort to help him. Admittedly, we are here to win, but there will be a few more chances in the Tour of Poland for us to get a better result." - Enrico Gasparotto, Sports Director

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