Tour de Pologne #2: Frantic sprint finale in Katowice

Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to the stage 2 Tour de Pologne win. In 2nd was Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Emirates) and 3rd was race leader, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne was another stage for the sprinters. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was looking to give Mark Cavendish another shot at the finale, after misfortune struck the Manxman during yesterday’s sprint stage.

We rode the 150km stage mostly from the front of the main bunch with Ben O’Connor, Jaco Venter, Gino Mader, Enrico Gasparotto and Bernie Eisel doing a good job to share the work among them throughout the day.

Coming into the finale, Eisel was super in taking Cavendish just under the 2km to go marker before the 30-time Tour de France stage winner had to fend for himself.

It was an incredibly fast run in toward the line with many riders fighting for position. Mezgec got the gap at the right time while the road never seemed to open for Cavendish. In the end he would cross the line as our best finisher in 18th.

Tomorrow will be one final opportunity for the sprinters before the Tour de Pologne heads into more hilly terrain.