Remco Evenepoel wins Tour de Pologne: The best result is that Fabio is recovering
Aug 10 2020 04:24 am CET

Remco Evenepoel wins Tour de Pologne: The best result is that Fabio is recovering
Remco Evenepoel wins Tour de Pologne: The best result is that Fabio is recovering
Photo of Remco Evenepoel © Deceuninck-Quick-Step Cycling Team / Getty Images

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken his first overall World Tour victory in a stage race at the Tour de Pologne, his teammate Davide Ballerini took the win in the day's final sprint.

The day before, the 20-year-old took an impressive solo win after spending most of the last part of the stage riding in the front by himself. On the last stage, Deceuninck-Quick-Step had to make sure to control the attacks and the distance of the escapees to protect the rider's Yellow Jersey.

The fifth stage of the Polish race finished in a bunch sprint in which Ballerini showed again his talents in the discipline by beating stron contenders like Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) and Alberto Dainese (Sunweb), while Evenepoel crossed the finish line with the pack, confirming his overall victory.

"It's an amazing way to end what started as a very hard week for us," said Evenepoel. "Three stage wins and the general classification is incredible, but the best result is that Fabio is recovering.

"From the moment the news came from the hospital about his condition, we received a big boost and gave absolutely everything for him. Knowing how he fought there gave us a lot of strength. Our team dominated the race and it's nice to leave Poland, which I really enjoyed, with so many victories. It's the morale-boost I needed for Il Lombardia."

"The podium I got in Zabrze gave me a lot of confidence for today," added Ballerini. "Thinking at all times of Fabio motivated us, and we remained focused as we tried to rack up some more victories for him. The sprint was very fast, but I felt good today, I waited for the right time to go and I just sprinted with 100 meters to go.

"It's the perfect way to bring to a conclusion what's been a very emotional week for us. I'm happy with my first World Tour win, but even happier with the group I saw here, this big family called Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who stuck together in the difficult moments we faced."






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