Jonas Vingegaard takes maiden victory at sixth stage of Tour de Pologne
Aug 09 2019 05:38 am CET

Jonas Vingegaard takes maiden victory at sixth stage of Tour de Pologne
Jonas Vingegaard takes maiden victory at sixth stage of Tour de Pologne
Team Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard has claimed his first victory as a professional at the sixth stage of the Tour de Pologne.

The sixth day of competition in Poland was over a 160-kilometre route that took the riders through five laps of 29 kilometres each and that included six climbs of the first category. Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale), Petrz Vakoc (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Tomasz Marcynski (Lotto-Soudal) formed the escape of the day and the latter took enough points to receive the mountain jersey at the end of the stage.

The escapees were caught with 40 kilometres to go and soon after a new group of around 20 riders formed a new breakaway, including all of the General Classification contenders. Mitchelton-Scott's Tsgabu Grmay and Ben Swift managed to escape from this group at the last stretch and riders like Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Jai Hinley (Sunweb) and Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) were chasing them and surpassed them just before the summit of the last climb.

At the last short climb of the day, Vingegaard launched a strong attack that his companions couldn't equal and crossed the finish line in the first position and doing a gesture of celebration pointing out at the sky in honour of Bjorg Lambrecht. The Dane also took the leader's jersey.

"It still hasn't sunk in," he said after the finish line. "It's great. The boys worked well today. When my group returned to the group of Antwan, I still felt good. Therefore, I chose to attack. I knew that I had a good chance in the sprint, but the fact that I managed to finish it off, is fantastic.

"Tomorrow I will try to defend the jersey. It will be a difficult stage, just like today's. I dedicate this victory to Bjorg Lambrecht. Cycling is in mourning and it is unreal to lose a colleague like that. This way I honour Bjorg."



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