Fast and Furious Opening Stage at Tour of Poland12. July 2016, Warsaw (POL) — Road Team
Tour of Poland Stage 1 lived up to expectation with the race coming down to a final sprint for the line which saw Philippe Gilbert finish sixth behind stage winner and new race leader, Davide Martinelli (Etixx-Quick-Step)
Alessandro De Marchi spent most of the day out at the front of the race for BMC Racing Team. He was part of a six rider breakaway that made a move off the front of the peloton after only eight kilometers and was able to extend a maximum advantage of 3 minutes 30 seconds.
When the peloton started to pick up the pace behind them, this advantage started to come down quickly but after over 100 kilometers out in front, De Marchi proved he still had some energy in his legs and launched a solo attack.
It was not meant to be however and eventually the race was brought back together for the final 10 kilometers. Attacks continued right up until the final 600 meters of the race before the race for the line came down a technical bunch sprint.
Quotes of the Day
Sports Director Max Sciandri said: “We wanted to have somebody in the breakaway and we were keeping an eye out for any moves at the start. Alessandro said he was feeling good and wanted a bit of a leg opener to do a bit of an effort so that was really good for him.”
“We then had the rest of team working hard to keep both Philippe and Ben [Hermans] in a good position for the final section of the stage. We thought both of them could be well placed to finish able to do well today and in the end it was Philippe who was in the best position at the end to be involved in the sprint.”
Philippe Gilbert said: “Today was a short stage but really technical and fast. We had Alessandro in front which was good for us and we tried to stay as a team in front but it was not easy to organise. Danilo [Wyss] did a really great job to bring me to the front on the last two kilometers and onto the final cobbled climb. The main goal was to avoid losing time today as it was technical final and we wanted to be in front to get the same time as the leaders.”
Alessandro De Marchi said: “With 25 kilometres to go I was still feeling good so I thought I would attack and find out what shape I was really in. I knew it was going to be really hard to go all the way to the finish especially with how fast the peloton with riding but I knew that I had nothing to lose so I thought I would give it a go. For me, it just felt like the right moment to do that.”
Tour of Poland
Stage 1: Radzymin - Warsaw, 135km
Top 3: 1. Davide Martinelli (Etixx-Quick-Step) 2. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Etixx-Quick-Step) 3. Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
6. Philippe Gilbert
20. Floris Gerts
59. Ben Hermans