Jan Tratnik again was part of the move of the day enlarging his lead in the race for King of the Mountains jersey.
Info: August 8h, Wieliczka – Bielsko – Biała, 152km
The breakaway of the day was established after countless attempts and it took nearly 25km to form. Jan Tratnik, current King of the Mountains leader, was present in the escape for the second consecutive stage and with three categorized climbs on the menu he was in good position to extend his lead.
He did exactly that winning all three KOMs. He also took one of the intermediate sprint closing the gap on current Most Active jersey wearer,
Peloton did not let escapees gain too much space, as the biggest gap of the day was recorded at 2:30. Tratnik and Matias Le Turnier and Kamil Zieliński were the last man standing and they got caught with 14km to go.
It was not really my intencion to get into that breakaway today. I just followed the wheel and it turned out that it was a wheel of a rider who wanted to go clear. We got a gap, but unfortunately one of the escapees was only 50s behind in GC, so the peloton kept us on a 2:30 leash. I think that without him in the group, we would have gotten around 5 minutes and we would have been able to hold on. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, I guess.
Legs were good and I hope that today’s move won’t cost me too much ahead of the most demanding stages.
Paweł Franczak had a bad day, lost contact with the bunch and eventually didn’t contest the finish. Without the main sprinter of CCC Sprandi Polkowice it was up to Paweł Cieślik to try and fight in the punchy sprint. He took 30th at the line, while Michał Kwiatkowski got his back-to-back win. He bested Dylan Teuns and Enrico Battaglin, retaining the GC lead.