Weather Conditions Prove Tough on Tour of Poland Stage 516. July 2016, Rzeszów (POL) — Road Team
Tour of Poland Stage 5 saw Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) solo to victory after a difficult day of racing for BMC Racing Team.
The wet weather conditions proved difficult today with mutiple crashes over the 225 kilometer stage. Manuel Quinziato and Danilo Wyss were caught up in an early crash and were forced to stop racing.
Back in the race, Philippe Gilbert, Alessandro De Marchi and Loïc Vliegen were all part of a large breakaway group that went ahead after 80 kilometers out on the road. The group eventually split with three riders going off the front, including Wellens, while the rest were caught by the significantly reduced peloton.
The weather conditions took their toll on many riders in the peloton, including Loïc Vleigen and Peter Velits, who had to withdraw due to illness.
Quotes from the Sports Director’s Car with Max Sciandri:
“It was a really tough day out there for us today! After 20km there was big crash on a fast descent and we had quite a few guys involved in that. Phil had to have a bike change, Floris [Gerts] and Danilo went down but I think Quinzi [Manuel Quinziato] had the hardest fall for us, dislocating his shoulder. Everyone got back on their bike but eventually Quinzi and Wyss had to stop.”
“We then had the three guys in the breakaway but the weather conditions made things really tough out there and eventually the breakaway started to collapse with riders being caught by the peloton. Three riders were then leading the race and De Marchi worked hard to try and pull it back but it just wasn’t possible today. All the guys gave it their best job out there but it certainly wasn’t easy for any rider.”
Medical Update for BMC Racing Team Dr. Daniele Zaccaria:
"Manuel suffered a right shoulder injury in the crash and he is going to fly to Madrid to undergo diagnostic testing on Monday. In the same crash Wyss suffered a small shoulder injury and Velits also went down so they also eventually stopped racing. Vleigen was suffering from gastrointestinal issues during the race aggravated by the difficult weather conditions and it was also in his best interest to stop racing.”
“For Manuel we will see what the outcome of the diagnostic tests are but if there is not any further news he will be able to continue with his current race schedule. The other riders will just need a couple days rest and they will also being to continue racing without any time off the bike.”
Tour of Poland
Stage 5: Wieliczka - Zakopane, 225km
Top 3: 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 2. Davide Formolo (Cannondale - Drapac) 3. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 15. Philippe Gilbert 16. Ben Hermans 42. Alessandro De Marchi