Daniel Martin from the American group of Garmin – Cervelo won the sixth stage of 68th Tour de Pologne with the finishing line in Bukowina Tatrzańska and he became the new leader of the race. Marek Rutkiewicz’s (CCC Polsat Polkowice) very good performance.
On the sixth day of racing the cyclists had very difficult 207 kilometres to ride with 11 climbs, among others with a very difficult uphill stretch towards Gliczarów. From the beginning we were observing a lot of attacks, however, most of them were eliminated immediately.
Eventually a group of 10 cyclists managed to ride away, and in it there were: Jacek Morajko (CCCPolsat Polkowice), Diego Ulissi (Lampre), Laurent Didier (Saxo), Thomas Rohregger (Leopard), Moris Possoni (Sky), Oscar Pujol (Omega), Nelson Oliveira (Radioshack), Patxi Vila (De Rosa), Simon Geschke (Skil) and Michał Gołaś (Vacansoleil-DCM).
The escapees quickly increased their advantage over the peloton. After riding forty kilometres it was four minutes.
The escaping group of cyclists riding subsequent kilometres were also fighting for points at climbs. Among others Jacek Morajko (CCC Polsat Polkowice) and Michał Gołaś (Vacansoleil-DCM) fought for points. The third climb was won by Gołaś, who overtook Morajko and Vila. Gołaś also won the fourth climb, and at the fifth the best one was Morajko. The breakaway rode the biggest gap at the sixth climb, where Gołaś triumphed, before Morajko and Vila. The advantage was five and a half minutes.
At that moment the critical time started for the breakaway, which was losing its advantage rapidly. At the eighth climb in the 140th kilometre Gołaś won again, Morajko was second, and Vila the third.
When there were only 26 kilometres left before the finishing line the escapees were finally caught up with, and Thomas Rohregger resisted as the last one of them.
When the cyclists passed the last one, eleventh climb of Halupczok, won by Daniel Martin 10 seconds before the peloton, Marek Rutkiewicz attacked in the downhill stretch. He managed to overtake Martin and quite soon he gained some advantage.
Behind him there was a group of about twenty cyclists, among whom there were Przemysław Niemiec, Bartosz Huzarski, as well as Peter Sagan.
Three kilometres before the finishing line Rutkiewicz was still at the head, however, he got finally cauth up with. When there was a kilometre left before the finishing line Daniel Martin and Wout Poels from Vacansoleil attacked out of the group. The Irish cyclist won the stage, Poels was second and Marco Marcato third.
In the 13 place Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) crossed the finishing line, 6 seconds adrift of the winner.
The winner of today’s stage Daniel Martin, became the new leader of the race, overtaking Peter Sagan and Marco Marcato by three seconds.
In the general classification Marek Rutkiewicz is holding the 10th position. 27 seconds behind the leader.