The third stage of the Tour de Pologne presented the first climbs of the entire race and the GC contenders show up their condition.
2200 meters of difference in level, most of which concentrated in the second half of the 161 km race, caused some severe selection in the peloton and unfortunately our Luis Leon Sanchez wasn’t able the remain in the front group.
In the second climb of the Salmopol there were several solid attacks at the front of the bunch and the speed became rapidly very high.
Sanchez tried to keep the front group but at 1 km to end of the climb, he took some meters. Then, in the descent to the feet of the last climb to the finish, he couldn’t rejoin the front bunch but on the finish line he paied a gap of 1:12 that is not that much, considering there are still several difficult stages to be ridden.
Our sport director, Lars Michaelsen, said after the stage: “For our Luis Leon Sanchez today was the first severe race after the rest and the altitude training: we can say this stage has been the first ‘strong’ step of the second part of his season, that has the Vuelta a Espana as the main goal" explained the Dane.
“Nonetheless I believe that 1:12 from the guys who are at the top of the condition is not that much and with the growing condition and still four stages to ride here in Poland, I’m confident he will be able to do good things in the days to come.”
The winner of the third stage has been the Belgian Dylan Teuns while the World Champion, Peter Sagan, second on the finish line, regained the GC Leader’s Jersey.
Luis Leon Sanchez, 25th at 1:12, now he is 25th also in the GC, at 1:26 from the Leader.
Tomorrow, fourth stage of the Tour de Pologne, Zawiercie – Zabreze that with its 238 km will be also the longest one of the entire race: few climbs in the first 50 km and then 180 km almost flat will probably give another chance to the sprinters.