Bunch Sprint on Tour of Poland Stage 213. July 2016, Katowice (POL) — Road Team
It was another day for the sprinters on Tour of Poland Stage 2 with the race ultimately, and unsurprisingly, coming down to a fast final showdown for the line which was won by Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Ettix-QuickStep).
A fast pace was set right from the beginning of the stage with the peloton chasing down every breakaway attempt. It took over 50 kilometers of racing for a group of five riders to establish a lead over the peloton but their advantage was never allowed to reach beyond two minutes.
The peloton started to apply pressure with 40 kilometers to go and the breakaway was quickly caught before the race stormed towards Katowice and a bunch sprint for the line.
Floris Gerts was the first BMC Racing Team rider to cross the line, finishing in 14th place. The rest of the squad finished safely with the main bunch and Philippe Gilbert heads into tomorrow’s stage tenth on the General Classification, 16 seconds behind new race leader, Gaviria Rendon.
Reaction from Inside the Sports Director’s Car
Max Sciandri said: “It was a pretty fast start today and with the first intermediate sprint at around 40km, I think there were a lot of people aiming for that to getting extra bonuses.”
“Just a little bit before the sprint we had Danilo [Wyss] in a good break with six riders and then Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) bridged across so it became a little dangerous and was caught just before the sprint.”
“A break was then able to go off the front and we were happy with that. For us it was about staying safe and making sure there were no time gaps at the line so it all played out pretty well for us in that respect.”
Tour of Poland
Stage 2: Tarnowskie Góry - Katowice, 153km
Top 3: 1. Gaviria Rendon (Ettix-QuickStep) 2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 3. Caleb Ewan (Orica BikeExchange)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
14. Floris Gerts
23. Philippe Gilbert
27. Ben Hermans