The last day of racing in Poland saw the peloton take on a familiar circuit around Bukovina, with 153 kilometres of hilly terrain on the menu for the riders. It was a fast start to the day, with multiple failed breakaway attempts before a large group managed to get clear. With no rider in the escape a danger to the GC standings, they quickly built up their lead.
Coming into the last 50 kilometres, the pace was upped in the peloton and the GC leader was dropped on the toughest climb of the day. At the same time, eventual stage winner Mohoric attacked the rest of the breakaway and went solo. Jai Hindley and Chris Hamilton rode strongly to be in the elite group of around 20 riders that made up what remained of the peloton, before a slowing in pace allowed others to get back on. Michael Storer was one of those and the young Australian did a lot of work on the front of the bunch in the closing kilometres to set a good tempo.
With the rise to the line not as steep as yesterday’s finale or the climbs earlier in the stage, there were no gaps between the GC contenders group as they crossed the finish. As a result, Hindley ended the race with a superb second place on GC, his first overall podium at WorldTour level, after some great riding from the team throughout the week. Hamilton also maintained his eighth place overall, rounding out a very good Tour de Pologne for the team.