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Tour de Pologne. Stage 7. Bad luck for Chernetskii, aggressive ride of Lutsenko

The 5th in the general classification before the final stage of the Tour de Pologne Sergei Chernetskii became a victim of a late crash with 4 km to go caused by left unattended dog that ran on the road. Due to the crash, Astana rider lost time and was not able to return in the leading group. Thus, Chernetskii finished the final 7th stage of the race 1 minute 47 seconds behind the leaders and moved down from 5th to 17th place in the final overall classification.

- Everything happened quickly, and I even did not understand well what is going on. Looks like it was a dog on the road. I fell down with around 4 km to go, when I was riding in the leading group. Fortunately, I did not get any serious injury, but, of course, it was impossible for me to come back in front. What a pity! I felt good today as well as during all week here in Poland and I was motivated to reach in the overall classification as high as possible. Now, I hope to keep my form as my next goal is the Arctic Race of Norway, - explained Sergei Chernetskii.

The Kazakhstan Champion Alexey Lutsenko became one of the heroes of the final stage in Bukowina Tatrzanska (136 km). He went in a big long-day breakaway, while later did a few powerful attacks to fight for a stage win. The last time Lutsenko attacked from the leading group to follow Simon Yates, but after spending too much energy earlier in the day he had to give up. Anyway, this stage showed our champion is coming into really good form ahead of the next big goals.

The Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski became the overall winner of the Tour de Pologne.

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