King of the Mountains classification jersey has been owned by CCC Sprandi Polkowice since stage 1. After Michał Paluta and Jan Tratnik, now Łukasz Owsian put it on on the podium of stage 6.
Info: August 9h, Zakopane – Bukovina Resort, 129km
As one might have expected the riders got off to a very fast and lively start. Jan Tratnik was again among the most active riders, but this time his efforts didn’t turn into a spot in the breakaway. It didn’t mean that CCC Sprandi Polkowice were not present in the move of the day though, as Łukasz Owsian went clear with 6 other riders.
Since Owsian and few other escapees were not far behind in GC, peloton led by Team Sky didn’t give them too much ground, keeping the gap under 2:30.
Owsian was winning one KOM after another, eventually taking over the lead in the King of the Mountains classification. The magenta jersey has been passed around among CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders, as first it was worn by Michał Paluta, then Tratnik and now Owsian.
He was able to win last cat. 1 KOM of the day, just before being caught by the bunch. At that point the main group was shattered to around 35 riders and Paweł Cieślik together with Michal Schlegel were up there.
On final climb, with just few kilometers to go, pace picked up even more and the main group was reduced to only around 10 guys. Riders in orange didn’t survive that selection, but Paweł Cieślik kept digging deep to secure top 20 spot. He was 18th and sits in the same place overall.
The stage was won by Georg Preidler, who bested Emanuel Buchmann and GC leader, Michał Kwiatkowski.
It was very hard to get into the breakaway today, with so many attacks early on. I managed to fight my way into the escape and then win 8 categorized climbs. We accomplished the plan minimum for the stage, which was to keep the KOM jersey in our team. We will do our best to deliver it all the way to the end, but we know it won’t be easy. The toughest stage of the race awaits, with 70 points up for grabs, so either me or Jan Tratnik has to be in the break tomorrow. Now I need to recover well after such an effort to be ready for tomorrow’s battle.