Alvaro Hodeg wins stage and takes Yellow Jersey at Tour de Pologne
Aug 07 2018 04:42 am CET

Alvaro Hodeg wins stage and takes Yellow Jersey at Tour de Pologne
Alvaro Hodeg wins stage and takes Yellow Jersey at Tour de Pologne
Photo of Alvaro Hodeg (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Quick-Step Floors' Alvaro Hodeg has won the third stage of the Tour de Pologne after finishing in the second place at the first two days of the race.

The third stage of the Polish race had an early breakaway of three riders: Michal Paluta, Mathias Le Tournier and Alexander Foliforov. They were joined later on the stage by Jenthe Biermans and all of them built a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton.

Around ten kilometres to go, the front group was caught by a motivated pack that was pulled once more by the teams that wanted to fight for the stage victory. Quick-Step Floors' sprint train worked hard and Michael Mørkøv put Hodeg in a perfect position for him to launch the sprint and take the victory.

Daniel McLay (EF Education First) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) crossed the finish line in second and third position, respectively.

"We came here with the goal of taking a stage and getting this win today makes up very happy," said the Colombian at the end of the day. "It’s my first time here, but I rank this as the most important of my three victories in the Quick-Step Floors jersey. The Tour de Pologne is a beautiful race, with many great fans, and I’m delighted to be here and add to the team’s impressive tally this season.

"On the first two days, I couldn’t capitalize on the team’s excellent job. This morning I was super motivated and took advantage of the amazing work put in by the guys, to whom I want to thank for their help and commitment. Today was crazy again, but Michael was superb with the way he anticipated the sprint, so I just jumped on his wheel and powered ahead."

This was the last stage for the fast men as the race now heads to hilly and mountainous stages. "The race will now take on a different and more testing terrain, but I will try and help my teammates as much as I can," added the rider.



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