Tour de Pologne

Stage 5) Hotel Bachleda Kasprowy, Zakopane - Krakow

PL Poland, Sunday 09 August 2020
188 km

Remco Evenepoel wins the Tour de Pologne

Remco Evenepoel wins the Tour de Pologne

Remco Evenepoel’s stunning year continued this week, as the Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider claimed his first triumph in a World Tour stage race and extended his astonishing winning streak, which now includes overall victories at the Vuelta a San Juan, Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Burgos and the Tour de Pologne – all added to his palmares in the last seven months.

His latest win was forged on the penultimate stage of the race, when Evenepoel rode away from the rest of the peloton with more than 50 kilometers to go and put nearly two minutes into his chasers, a success that propelled him at the top of the general classification ahead of the final day between Zakopane and Krakow. The stage had a hilly first section, followed by a flattish part before three local laps in the city, where the sprinters’ teams took over the reins from Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who up until then made sure of reeling in the escapees.

Third a few days ago, Davide Ballerini showed that the result he got in Zabrze was no fluck, masterfully surfing the wheels and coming from behind at a ferocious speed, beating Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) and Alberto Dainese (Sunweb) en route to a maiden success at World Tour level. By doing this, the 25-year-old from Cantù became the tenth different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to win a race this season, helping the Wolfpack cement its position at the head of the UCI World Team Classification.

“The podium I got in Zabrze gave me a lot of confidence for today. Thinking at all times of Fabio motivated us and we remained focused as we tried to rack up some more victories for him. The sprint was very fast, but I felt good today, I waited for the right time to go and I just sprinted with 100 meters to go. It’s the perfect way to bring to a conclusion what’s been a very emotional week for us. I’m happy with my first World Tour win, but even happier with the group I saw here, this big family called Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who stuck together in the difficult moments we faced”, Davide Ballerini explained after the podium ceremony.

At just 20 years and 197 days of age, Remco Evenepoel became the youngest rider to conquer the Tour de Pologne since the race was made a fixture on the World Tour calendar, in 2005, a victory which augurs well ahead of his Monument debut at Il Lombardia. His win was the team’s 23rd since the start of the year.

“It’s an amazing way to end what started as a very hard week for us. Three stage wins and the general classification is incredible, but the best result is that Fabio is recovering. From the moment the news came from the hospital about his condition, we received a big boost and gave absolutely everything for him. Knowing how he fought there gave us a lot of strength”, said Remco, the most successful rider of the season so far, with nine victories to his name. “Our team dominated the race and it’s nice to leave Poland, which I really enjoyed, with so many victories. It’s the morale-boost I needed for Il Lombardia.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:31:22
2 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
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4 Ryan Gibbons
NTT Pro Cycling
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5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - McLaren
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9 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
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10 Albert Torres Barcelo
Movistar Team
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19 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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128 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:29:50
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
68 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:52
70 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:39
72 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:32
77 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:45
87 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:46
1 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
48 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
46 pt
3 Ryan Gibbons
NTT Pro Cycling
46 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
45 pt
5 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
44 pt
6 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
41 pt
7 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38 pt
8 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
37 pt
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
36 pt
10 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
32 pt
19 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
46 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 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 James Whelan
EF Pro Cycling
22 pt
8 Kamil Małecki
CCC Team
19 pt
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
17 pt
10 Przemysław Kasperkiewicz
Poland
15 pt
19 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 64:38:39
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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