The sixth stage of the Tour de Pologne was the toughest one of the entire week of race: 3200 meters of difference in level, most of the which concentrated in the last 80 km.
The breakaway started soon and our Moreno Moser was in it again, after yesterday brave action.
When the challenge between the GC contenders turned on, the breakaway was regained rapidly and the selection in the bunch became brutal.
Many athletes were distanced, including the Yellow Jersey.
Our Luis Leon Sanchez seemed confident in the front group until the Bustrik climb, at 20 km to go.
When the rhythm increased again at the front, the bunch has lengthened and a couple of guys ahead Sanchez created the ‘hole’.
“We were pedaling on the top of these hills and wind was quite strong and lateral – explained Sanchez – it was so important to stay close on the wheel of the riders in front of you… unfortunately someone missed the wheels and for the ones who were behind them, including me, it was almost impossible to close the gap that came up in a blink.”
“Anyway I’m quite positive because my condition is growing – concluded the Spaniard – in relation to the third stage, I think I grew up and, even if I miss some power on the change of rhythm, I’m confident I’m on the right road to be ready for the Vuelta a Espana, not underestimating tomorrow’s last stage here in Poland.”
The sixth stage of the Tour of Poland has been won by the Australian, Jack Haig atop of a solo attack at 15 km to go. The new Yellow Jersey is the Belgian Dylan Teuns, winner of the stage three.
Our Luis Leon Sanchez was 22nd on the finish line, at 2:26 from the winner, and now he is 18th in the GC at 2:56.
Tomorrow, last stage of this year Tour de Pologne, 132 hilly km from Bukovina Resort to Bukowina Tatrzanska: 2810 meters of difference in level, 12 climbs and many things to be said (and to be written) either for the GC and for the stage victory.