Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo move up inside GC top ten on Tour de Pologne penultimate stage
The penultimate stage of the Tour de Pologne was a decisive day for the general classification. The parcours took the peloton from Zakopne over 160 kilometres and seven categorized climbs to the finish in Koscielisko, close to the city of Zakopane.
From the drop of the flag the race saw many attempts to form a breakaway but it took more than 40 kilometers until a group of four riders pulled away. After the first climbs of the day, Pascal Ackermann and teammate Rudi Selig stopped racing, due to their upcoming goals at the European Road Race Championships. Meanwhile, GC contender Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo stayed at the first positions of the peloton and showed an excellent form in the mountains.
As the race headed into the final 35 kilometres, the breakway fell apart and Davide Formolo and Rafal Majka went with some other riders on the attack. On the last climb the race went on fire as several attacks were launched. Davide Formolo and Rafal Majka were always in a comfortable position in the first group, while three riders were out at the front of the race. In the last kilometres the leading trio was able to hold on a 10 seconds advantage to win the stage, while Rafal Majka finished in a strong fifth place in the first chasing group, with teammate Davide Formolo crossing the line in seventh place.
Today’s stage has shaken up the GC and both BORA - hansgrohe guys moved into the top ten. Formolo now sits in 7th place and Majka, who is the best Polish rider, is currently ninth.
01 J. Vinegaard 4:07:13
02 P. Sivakov +0:00
03 J. Hindley +0:00
05 R. Majka +0:10
07 D. Formolo +0:10
From the Finish line
“Today was the first of two mountain stages and attacks were flying right from the start. But Davide and me were able to bridge across as the breakaway fell apart. We managed to always stay in a good position and finished inside the top-10 to also moved up into the top ten in the GC. I think this is also a good sign ahead of La Vuelta. Tomorrow will be a decisive day and the overall also can see some changes again, therefore we will give our best. – Rafał Majka
“It was an extreme hard and fast race today, with attacks right from the beginning of the stage. We also went on the attack with Davide, Cece and Pawel. As the day’s break went up the roads, we waited until the finale. Then, when we headed into the finale, attacks were flying again. Also, Davide gave it a try but at the end of the day, the strongest has won. Davide and Rafał are in the top ten in the overall classification now, just some seconds behind the leader, therefore everything is still possible.” – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director