After a solo move from the favorites’ group launched by Jack Haig, he won stage 6 of Tour de Pologne. Michal Schlegel was the top finisher of the “orange squad”.
Info: 3rd of August, Kopalnia Soli „Wieliczka” – Zakopane, 189km
Course: mountainous (5 cat. 1 climbs)
How it unfolded
Many riders were in the red right after the start. Not only because of hot weather, but also fierce pace and many breakaway attempts. Eventually three attackers managed to go clear – Moreno Moser (Astana), Adam Stachowiak (Poland) and Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo). Maciej Paterski tried to bridge across, but he had Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Tolkhoek’s teammate, on his wheel and the Dutchman didn’t contribute. Two time KOM jersey winner had to let the trio go and returned to the bunch.
The escape established over 5-minute gap, but peloton led by Bahrain-Merida had things under control. All escapees but one were caught on Głodówka climb. Tolkhoek went solo and later was joined by Robert Power (Orica-Scott) who decided to launch a counterattack. Also Jan Tratnik tried to bridge to the leaders, but he didn’t make it to Australian, who dropped LottoNL-Jumbo rider.
Power was brought back in with 30km to go. From that point the peloton was only getting smaller, as the selection started. In a reduced pack, another Orica-Scott rider, Jack Haig put the hummer down and soloed to the line. After final KOM of the day, with 8 kilometers to go, he had 45 seconds of advantage over the favorites’ group and was able to hold on and take the stage win in Zakopane. Wout Poels (Team Sky) won the sprint for 2nd, while Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) finished 3rd. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) didn’t have a great day in the Polish mountains, coming in far behind. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) however arrived with the main contenders and took over the yellow jersey.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice representatives were unable to keep up with the strongest riders of World Tour teams and Michal Schlegel was the top finisher – in 41st place.