Tour of Poland Stage 3: Top Ten Finish for Vliegen14. July 2016, Nowy Sącz (POL) — Road Team
After a mighty 240 kilometers of racing, Tour of Poland Stage 3 came down to a bunch sprint for the line which saw Loïc Vleigen finish in eight place behind stage winner, Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek - Segafredo).
The peloton was split early on into today’s stage with two large groups of riders trying to escape but both times found themselves being reeled back in by the peloton.
After 30 kilometers of racing, a group of five riders managed to escape the grip of the peloton and quickly extended and advantage of close to six minutes. The peloton started to take control and apply pressure on the breakaway as they reached the final 80 kilometers and eventually the race cam back together with 16 kilometers to go.
Riders soon started to attack off the front of the main bunch and eventually the peloton found themselves chasing a solo rider right up until the final kilometer of the day before heading towards the race’s third consecutive bunch sprint.
On the General Classification, there was a reshuffling of positions for BMC Racing Team riders with Floris Gerts moving into tenth place just ahead of Philippe Gilbert in eleventh. Both riders sit 16 seconds behind race leader Fernando Gaviria.
Quotes of the day
Sports Director Max Sciandri said: “For us it is really about getting to Saturday and Sunday without losing to much time and that’s where we see the race really starting to take shape so for us a sprint was great as it meant we could be up there and not lose time.”
“We did look out for breaks early on with [Alessandro] De Marchi involved with the first big move and then he was joined by [Danilo] Wyss in the second one. Then, at the end after the last climb and circuit, our two younger riders were given free pass to get involved in the sprint and it was good to see Loïc get a top ten finish.”
Loïc Vleigen said: "I had really good legs today and my condition is getting better day by day. I was always in a good position on the hardest climb with the team. and we had to really work hard at the end to catch the five-rider breakaway. I took my chance in the sprint even if the finish [descent] wasn't really for me. I am definitely feeling confident in both myself and the team for the next hilly days."
Tour of Poland
Stage 3: Zawiercie - Nowy Sącz, 240km
Top 3: 1. Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek - Segafredo) 2. Moreno Hofland (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) 3. Luka Mezgec (Orica BikeExchange)
BMC Racing Team Top 3:
8. Loïc Vleigen
15. Floris Gerts
24. Philippe Gilbert