Michal Schlegel and Jonas Koch were very active in the lively opening of stage 6 of Tour of Austria, while Paweł Cieślik wrapped the day with 10h place at the line.
Info: July 12th, Knittelfeld – Wenigzell, 167,4km
Course: hilly (cat. 1,2 and 3)
That stage favored escapees, with its hilly profile. For that reason nearly half of the peloton wanted to get in the breakaway. One attack was followed by another and in first hour of racing bike computer showed average speed of 53km/h!
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were among those interested in the leading spot and two of them managed to get clear, when strong 25-man escape finally went away. Michal Schlegel and Jonas Koch were part of that move and their group gained almost a minute on the bunch.
On cat. 1 climb, located early in the stage, the break fell apart and Matej Mohoric emerged in the front with Alexey Lutsenko. For a major chunk of the stage they were chased by six riders, but eventually couldn’t close the gap.
The duo held on and in uphill sprint Lutsenko claimed a win, while Mohoric was 2nd. Paweł Cieślik was one of the strongest in the main group, as he finished the stage in 10th, 2:14 behind the winner.
First phase of the stage was super lively and the speed was through the roof – Paweł Cieślik explained. – In the end I was following Dario Cataldo’s wheel in the descent that led towards the bottom of the final, punchy finish. When he attacked uphill I wanted to react. I couldn’t keep up, but still managed to be one of the fastest from the bunch.