Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won his 2nd stage in succession at the Tour of Poland, sprinting to the stage 2 victory ahead of Alvaro Hodeg (Quickstep-Floors) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).
It was another afternoon start in Poland for the 156km 2nd stage. While the road gradually undulated all day, a sprint finish was expected with the flat 4 local laps around Krakow bringing an end to the stage. The early break of the day was caught on the final lap, with still 15km to race.
Our African Team had Edvald Boasson Hagen again looking to mix it up with the fast men. Boasson Hagen had Bernie Eisel for support until our Norwegian had to start freelancing the finale with 8km to go. Moving from one train to another, it was difficult for Boasson Hagen to find the right wheels as no single team was taking command on the front.
A late attack, that was somewhat aided by a TV moto in the final kilometer, threw a spanner into the works and it looked for a moment like the 4 riders up the road might steal the glory. As a result Boasson Hagen hit out early from the main pack, passing the late escapees, but the sprinters behind were able to come over our Norwegian with still a few good meters to go.
In the end, it would be 14th place for Boasson Hagen on the line as Ackermann secured back-to.back victories. For the rest of our Team Dimension Data squad, they all finished safely in the main field.