The final day of this year’s Tour of Slovakia proved to be successful, as Martin Salmon defended his polka dot jersey, ending the race as winner of the King of the Mountains classification.
Beginning in Hlohovec, the race undertook a 142.1 kilometre route to the finish at Senica, taking in a total of five categorised climb; posing a threat to the lead of Martin in the polka dot jersey. However, despite an animated beginning to proceedings, the team worked hard and managed to close down the threat of riders to the King of the Mountains classification; ensuring that the day’s breakaway did not endanger Martin’s lead.
Unlike previous stages, the peloton kept the escapees on a tighter rein, allowing them only a couple of minutes at most throughout the day. As a result, the bunch swept up the break in the final kilometres with relative ease, setting up the sprint finish anticipated to draw this year’s race to a close. Best placed rider on the day was Niklas Märkl at 20th, while Leon Heinschke secured 12th overall on the general classification and Martin Salmon won the polka dot jersey.
|1||VIVIANI Elia||Deceuninck - Quick Step||3:17:36||14|
|2||DÉMARE Arnaud||Groupama - FDJ||,,||5|
|3||KRISTOFF Alexander||UAE-Team Emirates||,,||3|
|1||LAMPAERT Yves||Deceuninck - Quick Step||17:14:21|
|2||DÉMARE Arnaud||Groupama - FDJ||0:01|
|3||KÜNG Stefan||Groupama - FDJ||0:03|
|1||SLEEN Torjus||Uno-X Norwegian Development Team||17:15:05|
|2||HEINSCHKE Leon||Development Team Sunweb||0:01|
|3||RAJOVIĆ Dušan||Adria Mobil||0:54|
|3||BORA - hansgrohe||1:33|
|4||Deceuninck - Quick Step||2:08|
|5||Groupama - FDJ||2:12|
|6||Uno-X Norwegian Development Team||2:18|
|7||Israel Cycling Academy||2:41|
|8||Riwal Readynez Cycling Team||3:33|
|10||Roompot - Charles||4:03|
|1||SALMON Martin||Development Team Sunweb||42|
|3||URIANSTAD Martin||Uno-X Norwegian Development Team||22|
|1||DÉMARE Arnaud||Groupama - FDJ||46|
|2||KRISTOFF Alexander||UAE-Team Emirates||40|
|3||VIVIANI Elia||Deceuninck - Quick Step||32|