After the hectic sprint that closed the fourth stage of Tour de Pologne, Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid managed to navigate his way safely across the line to take 14th place.
At 238 kilometres long, riders set out for the longest stage of the Tour de Pologne today. The day’s breakaway animated the stage until just 5 kilometres to go, when the final rider was swept up by the bunch. Almost immediately a counter attack was launched and just as fast as the move went out, the rider was brought back to the bunch. After spending the day tucked inside the bunch protecting Wilco Kelderman’s GC position and Max Walscheid for the sprint, Team Sunweb came to the forefront of the race lining up for the finale. It was a chaotic finish with lead-out men and sprinters fighting for position but Max managed to stay out of trouble and sprinted to 14th place. Wilco also finishes the day safely and remains 4th in the general classification.
“Today was a really long day and the team worked well together, always committed,” said Max after the stage. “It was so hot the guys brought me almost 20 bottles which meant that I was able to save energy for the final. We were really strong and organised and the team lead me out until the last corner. A little bit of miscommunication meant that we lost each other and I became boxed in for the sprint.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “It was a very long and very hot today, the temperature was never less than 34 degrees. We managed the conditions quite well and we were as fresh as possible coming into the final. On the race’s local lap things didn’t go as we would have hoped which meant that we didn’t get the result that we would have liked. We will take a positive approach to this and evaluate what happened with the goal to strengthen our strategy for the future.”