All Astana riders, except Jan Hirt, finished safely in the main pack. Hirt did a good job, helping Miguel Angel Lopez to come back in the group after changing a bike earlier on the distance.
- In general, it was a calm stage without many troubles despite the weather was quite instable. Also, there were some crashes in the peloton, but, fortunately, our riders avoided it. In a crash someone hit the bike of Miguel Angel Lopez, but we changed it quite quickly and later the team helped him to come back in the group before the finish. In these first flat stages we have to keep our concentration on maximum to avoid any problem. Today, the team did a very good job, - said Dmitri Sedoun, sports director of Astana Pro Team.
Stage 2 of the race will be held tomorrow: it will be another day dedicated to sprinters with a total distance of 152.7 km from Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice.
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