Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quickstep) won the 2nd stage of the Tour of Poland, sprinting to the stage win ahead of Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange). Thanks to the bonus seconds on offer at the finish, Gaviria also took over the overall race lead.
It was another lumpy circuit stage at the Tour of Poland today and yet again, the sprinters were able to have their day. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were part of the early action with Adrien Niyonshuti and Youcef Reguigui following all the early attacks. Regugui was able to join a 10 rider breakaway attempt but our Algerian’s group was soon chased down before their lead could even reach the 40 second mark.
A 5 rider group would later go clear but just as was the case yesterday, Orica-BikeExchange and Etixx-Quickstep managed the gap meticulously in order for the sprinters to have a go at the stage win. It was another tight and technical course, raced at high speed with positioning for the final being vital.
Reguigui and Kristian Sbaragli were again our two riders up there in the thick of the action and Sbaragli found the wheel of Viviani with around 8km to go. Our Italian would later lose his favoured position but be remaining calm and staying strong in a few shoulder to shoulder encounters, Sbaragli came onto the wheel of Gaviria in the final few meters. The Colombian was able to take the victory, winning with a superior lunge for the line over Viviani and Ewan. Sbaragli was hot on the trio’s heels though to finish in a solid 4th place.
Kristian Sbaragli – Rider
The race was quite fast once again and in the final I felt I had pretty good legs. The team were good, riding alongside me as much as possible today too. I was a bit far back with 1km to go but luckily I found some space and in the end I could sprint. I am looking forward to the next sprints where there could possibly be more of selection before the finale.