After trying his luck on the attack in the final of stage 6 in Poland, Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen finishes 13th and moves to 10th overall.
After various attacks were neutralised in the opening kilometres of stage 6 of the Tour of Poland, a nine rider group went clear at the head of the peloton, with Louis Vervaeke representing Team Sunweb up the road. The break opened up a three minute advantage, with the remnants of the group caught with just under 30 kilometres to go. With Sam Oomen still tucked in the group of favourites, Louis joined Sam for the finale as the day’s terrain intensified.
A fast run into the final climb saw the group reduce even further, with Sam following an attack at 11 kilometres to go. The duo opened up a 20 second advantage over the peloton, but were eventually caught by the chasing bunch. Sam finished in 13th place on the stage and now sits 10th overall at 42 seconds.
Sam said: “I gambled and lost today. Instead of waiting I wanted to attack and give it a try. I don’t think it was a bad shot but it’s really a shame that I just didn’t manage to survive the last 200 metres of the climb. I was really happy with the other guys and with Louis in the break. It’s not great that I lost some spots in the GC but we put out an aggressive race with only four of us.”
Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert said: “Today was a hard stage in the mountains. We had Louis in a strong breakaway while the others were supporting Sam in the bunch. With 12 kilometres to go Sam went on the attack and was caught on the penultimate climb. With tomorrow’s Queen stage coming up we’ll try to gain a few places on GC back again, and hopefully put some pressure on the leader.”