Today`s Queen stage took the riders from the well-known Bukovina Resort over demanding 153km to Bukowina Tatrzanska. A chance for the GC contenders to shake up the general classification once again. Ahead of the start, Astana´s rider Jakob Fuglsang ranked 10 seconds down on the overall leader Carapaz. With temperatures going up to 30 degrees paired with six climbs it was set to be a tough day in the saddle.
After some kilometers into the race, a five-man group attacked and with 120km to go they enjoyed an advantage of more than two minutes. All Astana riders were back in the bunch, working for their leader Jakob Fuglsang. With the gap dropping steadily, it was all back together with around 50km to go. At this moment, later winner Remco Evenpoel launched an attack and went up the road. Jakob Fuglsang gave his all to chase him but the Danish rider saw himself alone and therefore couldn’t bridge across. He crossed the line a minute after Evenpoel and also moved up second on the overall ranking.
- Yeah, I am not so happy with my second place as of course I wanted to go for the win. But unfortunately, as Remco attacked, no one wanted to work together so it was difficult to catch him alone. But Chapeau Remco, he is a young strong guy. The plan was to wait until the last steep climb but however I felt good today and tried it but got caught on the back foot. But all in all, it’s good to be back racing, following Tour de Pologne I have some races before a small break. - Jakob Fuglsang
- Well, of course we went into today`s stage to take the win, but Remco was just the stronger one today. Jakob tried to close the gap but no one wanted to work so it was difficult. But still a second place is a good result and even if we wanted to win, we can be satisfied with today`s outcome. – Bruno Cenghialta
The fifth and final stage of the 77th edition of the Tour de Pologne will take the peloton from Zakopane to Krakow over 188 hilly kilometers, before the winner of this year`s edition will be awarded.
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