Short but hard opening stage at Tour de Pologne
Krakow, August 4th2018 – The 134 km long first stage of Tour de Pologne started from the Krakow’s main square, and finished just few kilometers away in the park between city’s two football stadiums with 3 laps of 4km. The Polish crowd came in numbers to see the race despite very hot day.
From the get go, 4 riders went in the breakaway, but peloton kept good tempo and never let them go too far. As expected it was the bunch sprint at the end. 4km to go we had our train right where we wanted them, but they lost position 1.5km to go. Cortina was trying to find passage for Bonifazio but it wasn’t meant to be today. Bonifazio finished 14thwhile Cortina was 22nd.
Tristan Hoffman, our Sports Director said: “I still need to talk to riders to see what happened. In the final our riders where there in the mix, but in the real final for the sprint they were not there, they probably didn’t have the legs to make it today.” After asked about strategy for tomorrow where we have similar stage, Tristan Said: “Now we need to talk to Bonafazio and see how he feels. I saw that Ivan Cortina was up there, and he did a good sprint in London, so it’s something we need to talk about.”
Mark Padun had his first race after his crash last month in Austria and said: “It was really hard race due to the damaged and narrow roads while everyone was pushing really hard. It was tough fight for positions, but obviously today wasn’t our day.”
Tomorrow’s stage is another flat stage of 156km that takes us from Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice.