Danny van Poppel wins fifth stage at Tour de Pologne
Aug 02 2017 04:45 pm CET

Danny van Poppel wins fifth stage at Tour de Pologne

Danny van Poppel has won the fifth stage of the Tour de Pologne. The Dutchman was stronger than Luka Megzec and Peter Sagan in the final sprint.

Just a day after the longest stage of the Polish race, it was time for the shortest one. The route, between Nagawczyn and Rzeszow, featured three climbs of the second category and one of the third.

Soon after the start, five riders escaped and managed to stay in front until the last kilometres. Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal), Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNK-Jumbo) and Moreno Moser (Astana), created a gap of more than three minutes with the peloton.

Passing the last 30 kilometres mark, rain started falling and during one of the curves Schachmann fell and was left behind by his fellow escapees.

With 12 kilometres to go, and during the last ascent, Van Garderen attacked from the front and left the other members of the front group to be caught by the pack. The American was reeled back in by the peloton at three kilometres to go and the bunch prepared for a bunch sprint on wet roads.

Just before the flamme rouge another crash took place left a reduced group to fight for the final sprint. Team Sky's Danny van Poppel launched an early sprint but it was strong enough to give him the stage victory ahead of Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).

Sagan remains in the lead of the General Classification for another day.
Photo of Danny van Poppel (cropped) by Team Sky



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