CCC Sprandi Polkowice put on very ambitious and aggressive performance on the final stage of Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, helping Jan Tratnik finish the event in 2nd place overall.
Info: June 3rd, stage 4, Mersch – Luxembourg, 176km
Course: undulating, punchy, uphill finish
The race got off to a lively start. Łukasz Owsian was among those who tried to get clear early, but his attack was brought back in. Another “orange move”, made by the duo – Adrian Kurek and Jonas Koch – was the one that stuck. They were part of 6-man escape and since German was highest placed escapee in GC, only 40s back, he quickly became virtual leader of the race.
They opened 3-minute lead and Kurek played a huge part in building the gap, as he was working for his highest ranked teammate. He eventually got dropped with 35km to go.
Jonas Koch lasted in the front until 9km remaining, but it was not CCC Sprandi Polkowice’s final word. Paweł Cieślik tried a late move, going clear with 4 other riders. He was brought back in though.
The stage was decided in a punchy, uphill finish and it was taken by Anthony Perez (Cofidis). He bested Eduard Prades (Euskadi Muritas) and GC winner, Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Gobert). Despite mechanical on finishing circuits, Jan Tratnik finished 10th, 6 seconds behind, retaining his 2nd place overall.
Patryk Stosz unfortunately didn’t join Slovenian on the podium, as he lost his KOM jersey to Mauro Finetto.