Tour de Pologne

Stage 4) Bukovia Resort - Bukowina Tatrzanska

PL Poland, Saturday 08 August 2020
152.9 km

Tour de Pologne: Evenepoel produces another masterpiece

Tour de Pologne: Evenepoel produces another masterpiece

Remco Evenepoel was in a league of his own Saturday afternoon, launching an astonishing long-range attack at the Tour de Pologne queen stage and ruthlessly blowing the race apart, before crossing the finish line while holding up the race number of Fabio Jakobsen, who sustained several serious injuries on the opening day of the event.

A course that gave little respite, featuring a succession of climbs stacked between Bukovina Resort and Bukowina Tatrzanska, promised a real showdown between the overall contenders, who were separated by just a few seconds at the start of the 152.9km stage. In the past, the winner emerged on the final ascent, but Evenepoel had other plans this time and stormed away with 51 kilometers remaining, which proved to be the key move of the stage.

What were 20 seconds after just two kilometers nudged out to a full minute with 40 kilometers to go, and despite a series of attacks from behind and a concerted effort of several teams, that was the last time the yellow jersey group saw the young Belgian until the finish. In full time trial mode and extremely focused, Evenepoel continued to increase his gap to almost two minutes, easing up only with 200 meters to go, when he held aloft the number 75, the dossard of Fabio Jakobsen at the Tour de Pologne, in a touching tribute he brought to his teammate.

“I wanted to give everything today for Fabio! After stage 1, we all had some pretty tough moments, but stayed together and I think the whole world saw today just how strong this team is. The good news we received yesterday about Fabio acted as a big morale-boost and for that reason I wanted to do something today. That’s why in the morning, before the start, I asked for his race number and the moment I had it in my hands I immediately felt something special. It wasn’t easy and I suffered, but it doesn’t compare to what Fabio’s enduring these days. This gave me the energy to carry on and never look back.”

Overcome with emotion at the end of this hard day which landed the yellow jersey on his shoulders, Remco talked also of his strategy for the queen stage of the Tour de Pologne: “The plan was to attack, not too early, but feeling that everybody was on their limit I just went with 50 kilometers to go. Up until then, the guys did a great job for me, protected me from the start of the day, and I wanted to repay them for that. When the info came from the car that I had a small gap over the chasers and that nobody could follow, it gave me even more confidence, so I just kept a high pace, without going over my limit, all the way to the end. I’m happy with this win and with having the yellow jersey with just one day to go.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claeesen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:55:52
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:48
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2:22
4 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
3:05
6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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7 Kamil Małecki
CCC Team
3:08
8 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
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9 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:09
61 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:43
63 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
64 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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93 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:05
109 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:58:28
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
1:52
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2:28
4 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
2:32
5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
3:09
6 Kamil Małecki
CCC Team
3:12
7 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
3:15
8 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:18
9 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
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10 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
3:19
69 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:52
70 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:39
76 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:42
83 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:08
1 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
45 pt
2 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
43 pt
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
36 pt
4 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
31 pt
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
30 pt
6 Ryan Gibbons
NTT Pro Cycling
29 pt
7 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
29 pt
8 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
28 pt
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
25 pt
10 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
14 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
18 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
47 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Patryk Stosz
Poland
64 pt
2 Kamil Gradek
CCC Team
42 pt
3 Nathan Haas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
36 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35 pt
5 Taco van der Hoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
28 pt
6 Chris Harper
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
7 Kamil Małecki
CCC Team
19 pt
8 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
17 pt
9 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
10 James Whelan
EF Pro Cycling
10 pt
16 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 51:04:33
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:01
3 Team Sunweb 1:40
4 Astana Pro Team 8:01
5 CCC Team 11:26
6 UAE-Team Emirates 13:49
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 14:26
8 Groupama - FDJ 14:53
9 Team INEOS 15:07
10 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 16:17

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