Race report

Breakaway takes stage spoils, while Jai Hindley finishes superb 2nd on GC with Chris Hamilton 8th

Tour de Pologne

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.

“I really owe all the boys after today,” explained Hindley at the finish. “They looked after me perfectly and kept me safe throughout the stage. In general, I was pretty cooked after yesterday but did my best to follow the big favourites. Then in the final Storer did a mega job of controlling the front and riding good tempo whilst Chris and I waited for the final attacks. In the end I couldn’t make up any time on GC and finished safe in the bunch kick finish.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “It was a hard day again, with some quite difficult climbs during the stage. The boys did a really strong job today with yesterday’s hard stage in the legs; keeping Jai and Chris out of problems and in position. Coming into the finale we had three guys (also Michael) in a group of around 25 and focussed on the last climb to the line. We weren’t able to move up on GC but in the end we can be really proud of finishing on the podium, with Jai in second place. Chris finished eighth as well, so with two of these youngsters in the top ten we did an amazing job. We were in the race every day and fighting for results, which in the end paid off for us!”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MOHORIČ Matej Bahrain Merida 4:04:42 50
2 POWLESS Neilson Team Jumbo-Visma 0:55 20
3 BRAMBILLA Gianluca Trek - Segafredo 1:07 8
21 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 2:15 -
23 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -
31 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 2:50 -
85 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 17:37 -
DNF WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb - -