After two mass sprints, a mountain stage was on the menu in the Tour of Poland today. At the start in Wadowice a few names appeared. Jakob Fuglsang, Simon Yates, Max Schachmann and Richard Carapaz, among others, were too strong opponents for our compatriot Remco Evenepoel.
Despite the oppressive heat in Poland, we soon got four leaders. The leading group cycled a maximum lead of four minutes together, until Thomas De Gendt could no longer keep his legs still. Together with Jakob Fugslang, among others, he pursued the four leaders. However, they did not come closer than two minutes.
Then it was Laurens De Vreese’s turn. The Belgian from Astana drove for what he was worth, but he was also picked up again by the peloton. In the meantime, the many climbs left their mark. Leader Mads Pedersen struggled, but managed to cling to it anyway.
In the front, Taco van der Hoorn was clearly the best. He easily drove away from his companions, and decided to go solo. Deceuninck-Quick-Step, however, turned the throttle all the way open, and eventually fused together about 40 kilometers from the finish. Redo everything.
A late withdrawal by Nathan Haas seemed to throw a spanner in the works of the favorites, but Ineos ensured that we went to the finish with a thinned peloton. Ultimately it was Carapaz who surprised friend and foe with an explosive sprint from 400 meters. The Giro winner also takes over the leader’s jersey.
With Jasper Stuyven and Tim Wellens we again got two Belgians in the top 10. Remco Evenepoel finished in 23rd place.