Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the Tour of Poland, sprinting to the win ahead of Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) and Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) in Krakow.
The first stage of the Tour of Poland was one for the fast men and they made sure they were not going to miss out on their opportunity. With Sagan and Ewan the clear favourites for the stage, the team’s of Bora-Hansgrohe and Orica-Scott controlled the 4-rider break of the day with ease.
As the break disintegrated well before the final city circuits were even reached, the other teams with sprint ambitions looked to keep their fast finishers out of trouble, at the the head of the peloton. Our African Team was doing likewise for Kristian Sbaragli. With the race all together and 4 laps of a 4km circuit to go, the fight for position was on.
Nathan Haas was doing well to stay up at the head of the peloton while the rest of our sprint train tried to move up the left and place Sbaragli onto a good wheel in the final kilometer. Sbaragli couldn’t really find his way through as the sprint began and crashed hard with 300m to go. Haas started his sprint with Ewan and Sagan following. The World Champion had no trouble coming over the top of those ahead of him to take the win. Haas held his speed to the line which in the end, was good enough for 6th on the stage.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
It was a short stage today of only 130km. With teams here that have some good sprinters, like Ewan, Sagan and Danny van Poppel it was quite obvious the breakaway was not going anywhere. We just saved the legs for the final to sprint with Kristian. Our guys to support him was Youcef Reguigui, Tyler Farrar and Nic Dougall. They had done some good work on the final circuits but Kristian crashed in the finale. Nathan was still able to take 6th for us by being up near the front which was good.