The fifth stage of the Tour de Pologne presented a profile very similar to a spring Classic race of the Wallonie. Up and down, steep climbs and narrow roads distributed all along the 130 km of the stage.
Immediately after the start of the first hill, it was our Italian rider, Moreno Moser, who promoted the first serious attack of the day. Three strong riders joined Moser breakaway and they were able to build up a solid advantage on the bunch.
“On the first hill we forced the situation, attacking so strongly from the front of the bunch – explained Moser – despite there were two guys at less than three minutes in the GC among us, we were able to create a gap between us and the bunch and we proceeded with the attack.”
The maximum advantage has been 3 minutes and 10 seconds.
“Then in the final the bunch regained much time on us and my breakaway ended at 11 km to go, almost on the top of last climb – continued Moser – Van Garderen relaunched his action but was taken after few km.”
“I’m a bit sorry because I’m pretty sure that today could have been a day where the breakaway could have joined the finish line, in case there were not GC guys at the attack – concluded the Italian – on the other hand, I’m confident because finally I’ve felt good sensations again after my illness (mononucleosis) that, substantially, took me out from the races in the past four months.”
In the final selected bunch sprint, the victory has gone to the Dutch, Danny Van Poppel, while the Slovak World Champion, Peter Sagan, kept the Yellow Jersey.
Our Danish rider, Matti Breschel was our first classified in the final sprint, 11th.
Tomorrow there will be one of the toughest stage of the entire race: Kopalnia Soli – Zakopane, 189 km and 3210 meters of difference in level, most of the which concentrated in the last 80 km.
It will be a very tough stage that will define the General Classification at one to the end of the week race.