Pascal Ackermann defends leader’s jersey as Rafal Majka takes sixth place in a messy bunch sprint at Tour de Pologne stage 5
Today’s 154km long route from the famous salt mine “Wieliczka”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, to Bielsko – Biala, consisted of three climbs and two intermediate sprints, all happening in the second part of the race.
After some kilometres of constant attacking from the peloton, a leading group of four riders formed ahead of the first climb of the day. BORA – hansgrohe remained in the main bunch to protect the yellow leader’s jersey of Ackermann. With the gap dropping steadily, it was nearly all back together with 30km to go.
The breakaway was caught as the peloton came into the final laps in the city of Bielsko – Biala. Rudi Selig was pulling especially hard at the front to keep the pace high, when another three men break escaped form the peloton. But on the final lap a bunch sprint was set up. BORA – hansgrohe rider Rafał Majka was in a good position, while Pascal Ackermann struggled a little on the final uphill stretch. In a hard sprint, Majka was a little boxed in but still finished in sixth place and was honored as the best Polish rider. Teammate Pascal Ackermann was once again able to defend his leader’s and sprint jersey.
01 L. Mezgec 3:49:55
02 E. Prades +0:00
03 B. Swift +0:00
06 R. Majka +0:00
15 D. Formolo +0:00
From the Finish line
“As hard at it is, today we had to go back to racing. But we will never forget what has happened. I came here to prepare also for La Vuelta and I am in good shape. I have recovered well after the Giro and my legs get better day by day. Today, our main goal was to go for Pascal, to defend the yellow jersey, but also keep an eye on the GC contenders. I was a little bit boxed in, in the finale, but still I managed to finished in 6th place, and there is nothing to complain about. Tomorrow, the mountains are coming up and I am looking forward to it becauseit is fun to ride on home soil.” – Rafał Majka
“Our plan for today was to try to deliver Pascal perfectly and go for another stage win. We knew it would be difficult as the finish was slightly uphill, but we took over control of the race. Once again Maciej did an amazing job, also Davide and Rafał were at the front as we headed into the finale. They all worked together, therefore huge compliment to the guys. The 6th place of Rafał is a solid result, Pascal missed that final punch a little bit at the end, but was able to defend the jersey.” – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director