Team Sunweb take another double top 10 today at the sixth stage of Tour de Pologne, as Wilco Kelderman powers through to 5th and Sam Oomen takes 10th. The duo also move up to 3rd and 7th in the overall standings respectively.
It was a fast start to the sixth stage of Tour de Pologne with an array of attacks trying to go clear in the early parts of the race. It was a group of three that finally managed to stay clear, extending their lead to up to five and a half minutes at best. Whilst the break enjoyed their day up the road, Team Sunweb remained tucked inside the bunch preparing for the challenging climbs in the finale.
With 80 kilometres to go the bunch decided it was time to start to nibble away at the breakaway’s advantage. As the leaders came into the peloton’s reach counter attacks were launched and another group of riders tried their luck at the front of the race. With 30 kilometres to go the group was swept up by the bunch and the race stayed together for the finish. The demanding gradients on the approach to the finale began to take their toll on the peloton and just 14 riders remained at the front of the race. Team Sunweb were represented by Sam Oomen and Wilco Kelderman inside the first group on the road. After one rider went clear to take the stage victory, the Dutch duo tried their luck on the attack but their moves were immediately neutralised. In the sprint to the line Wilco finished the day in 5th place with Sam close behind in 10th. The efforts from both Wilco and Sam move them up in the overall standings, with Wilco in 3rd and Sam in 7th place in the GC.
After the stage Sam said: “It was a hard stage with demanding climbs and I’m happy I could manage to keep up with the big guys. At the end of the race Wilco and me both tried something but unfortunately neither of us could get away. In the sprint I was out of power but im happy wilco is 3rd now in GC.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “I think the team were really strong in the Zakopane mountains today. With Wilco and Sam in the first group of 11 riders that finished after the winner we can be quite satisfied. Wilco also advanced to third in the GC after finishing 5th on the stage. Tomorrow is the last stage and we will look for possibilities to advance up another step on the GC podium.”