Luka Mezgec flies to victory in second stage of Tour de Pologne
Aug 05 2019 04:50 am CET

Luka Mezgec flies to victory in second stage of Tour de Pologne
Luka Mezgec flies to victory in second stage of Tour de Pologne
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda /

Mitchelton-Scott's Luka Mezgec has beaten some of the best sprinters at the end of the second stage of the Tour de Pologne.

The second day of the Polish race had the riders going through a 153-kilometre route between Tarnowskie Gory and Katowice. Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk) was once again part of the breakaway of the day next to Pawel Franczak (Poland) and they took an advantage of more than five minutes over the peloton.

The adventure of the duo finished at the start of the three last laps on the final circuit of Katowice and the stage was sentenced for a final sprint. This final is known for being very fast and Mezgec reached a speed of 82.16 km/h, which allowed him to cross the finish line ahead of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe).

"It feels good," said Mezgec at the end of the stage. "I've been trying for a while to win again in a WorldTour race, I haven't had many chances with all the sprinters we have in the team. But in Poland, many times I was second, third, fourth, top-five and this time it came all together. Everything came together, I was totally on the left then I started sprinting moving towards the right and then I saw Gaviria, he actually gave me a bit of a slingshot."

"This sprint is really specific because it's such a high speed and actually the last kilometre is straightforward, so you need a bit of luck, you need good timing, you need big gears also because the speeds are over 80-kilometres per hour. I don't watch the big names anymore because every sprint is a new game, a new lottery. I knew when I had to start that I had to come from behind because in a sprint like this when you are second wheel you don't do much, but once you are in the wind you do a lot more work."

Despite crossing the finish line in the third place, the German rider maintained the lead of the General Classification.




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