Tour of Poland #4: Nic Dougall spends day in long breakaway

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) won stage 4 of the Tour of Poland, sprinting to the win ahead of Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) and race leader, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The 4th stage of the Tour of Poland was a long 238km slog from Zawiercie to Zabrze and while the route was mostly flat, the scorching heat made it a really difficult day out on the bike. Nic Dougall braved the heat for our African Team and jumped into the 6-rider break of the day.

The peloton let the break go out to 6-minutes before Bora-Hansgrohe and Orica-Scott started to chip away at the lead. As the gap started to come down, the break lost a rider to the heat but Dougall was still fighting ahead with 4 others. With 25km to go, UAE Emirates also started contributing to the pace setting and this ensured Dougall and co. were doomed for the day.

After 5 and half hours of racing, the inevitable bunch sprint took place.  Orica-Scott put together the best leadout and Ewan was clearly the fastest of the lot, taking the win. Youcef Regugui was our go to man for the sprint but our Algerian champ started the final kilometer too far back and was only able to cross the line in 19th place.

Nic Dougall – Rider

It was always going to be a sprint today but during our meeting they said there will be a tailwind to the finish and maybe, just maybe the break could make it. So I gave it a shot but the peloton never really gave us a lot of time so it was always going to come back for a sprint. It was just a really super hot and tough day out in the end.