Tour de Pologne: James Knox finishes tenth overall

Tour de Pologne: James Knox finishes tenth overall

Friday 09 August 2019 - 18:02

Deceuninck – Quick-Step remain at the top of the UCI World Team Classification.

James Knox added another strong result to his 2019 palmares, which before this week included an eighth place at the UAE Tour and third at Adriatica Ionica Race, thanks to a strong and composed ride throughout the seven stages of the Tour de Pologne, which once again concluded in Bukowina Tatrzanska, after a course that gave little respite.

The race witnessed two fights, one between the breakaway riders for the win, and another featuring the GC contenders, who were all sitting within 20 seconds at the start of the day. While the victory went to Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), who attacked and dropped his companions, the favourites kicked off their battle early, a sudden injection of pace dropping the yellow jersey a long way from the finish.

Inside the last 40 kilometers, the rugged terrain began taking its toll on more and more riders, at one point even James Knox finding himself at the wrong end of a split, before chasing hard and bridging across. Several riders then tried to clip away, forcing a response from the peloton, but James paced his effort very smartly and made sure of remaining in the main group, which kept the pace high on the final climb in an attempt to shed other riders out the back.

Exhausted after the relentless 153.km-long stage, Knox found plenty of reasons to smile at the finish after catching his breath when he received the news that he finished the race in tenth overall: “It was a very difficult stage and I didn’t have the best legs, as I still felt tired from yesterday and suffered a lot. I got dropped, but fought really hard and managed to return to the group and save my GC, but I must admit I was a bit lucky, because if the tempo was higher after the climbs, then I would have lost my position. Now I’m happy, tenth is a nice result and hopefully I won’t stop here this season.”

Following the Tour de Pologne, Deceuninck – Quick-Step cemented its place at the top of the UCI World Tour Classification, which our squad will lead for the 73rd consecutive week.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
4:04:42
2 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:55
3 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:07
4 Tsgabu Grmay
Mitchelton-Scott
1:19
5 Paweł Poljański
BORA - hansgrohe
1:32
6 Daniel Navarro García
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:57
7 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
,,
8 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
2:15
9 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
,,
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
59 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:19
64 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
70 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
72 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1005 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1006 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
26:20:58
2 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
0:02
3 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:12
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
0:14
5 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
,,
6 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
0:15
7 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
8 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
,,
9 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
10 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
31 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:21
58 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:12
82 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
87 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:33
1 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
53 pt
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
50 pt
3 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
44 pt
4 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
43 pt
5 John Degenkolb
Trek - Segafredo
39 pt
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
38 pt
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
36 pt
8 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
34 pt
9 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
32 pt
10 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
29 pt
21 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
25 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
1 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
60 pt
2 Tomasz Marczyński
Lotto Soudal
57 pt
3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
35 pt
4 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
31 pt
5 Geoffrey Bouchard
AG2R La Mondiale
22 pt
6 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
14 pt
7 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
8 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
9 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
10 pt
10 Matteo Fabbro
Team Katusha Alpecin
10 pt
15 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
1 Team INEOS 79:07:11
2 Team Sunweb 0:11
3 Mitchelton-Scott 4:09
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 10:59
5 BORA - hansgrohe 11:10
6 EF Education First 17:16
7 Astana Pro Team 18:24
8 AG2R La Mondiale 26:28
9 Bahrain Merida 26:57
10 UAE-Team Emirates 30:03

Top results

1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
4:04:42
2 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:55
3 Gianluca Brambilla
Trek - Segafredo
1:07
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