Tour de Pologne

Stage 1) Lublin - Chelm

PL Poland Monday 09 August 2021 216.4 km

Tour de Pologne: Close but no cigar for Hodeg

Tour de Pologne: Close but no cigar for Hodeg

Alvaro Hodeg delivered a bold and electrifying sprint on the technical finish of Tour de Pologne stage 1, which started in Lublin and concluded in Chelm, 216 kilometers and five hours later. The 24-year-old, a stage winner two weeks ago at the Tour de l’Ain, was well looked after throughout the day by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who drilled the pace in the peloton behind the escapees and kept them within reach at all times.

Tim Declercq again did a phenomenal job, making sure of reeling in the trio long before the finish, a technical one which featured a cobbled uphill part that put to test those vying for victory. French Champion Rémi Cavagna, who made his first outing in his stunning tricolore jersey, and Mikkel Honoré stormed to the front of the bunch with Alvaro Hodeg in their wheel.

The Colombian kicked out with 300 meters to go and quickly opened a considerable gap over his opponents that put him on the verge of a first World Tour victory this season, but unfortunately he was caught and passed by Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) an agonizingly ten meters from the line.

“The team did an amazing job today. They pulled the entire stage and led me out in the closing kilometers. The finale was hard and some guys tried to go early, so I anticipated their moves. I was hoping that acceleration was enough to bring me the win, but another rider was faster and had more in the legs. Anyway, to be on the podium after such a finish is still a good result that makes me confident I can fight again for the victory this week”, Alvaro said after his third top 3 finish of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
5:01:24
2 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
4 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
5 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
6 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
0:00
7 Jonas Rickaert
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
8 Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
9 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
10 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
33 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
79 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
135 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:39
143 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:39
1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
5:01:14
2 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
3 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:04
4 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:06
5 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:07
6 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:08
7 Emīls Liepiņš
Trek - Segafredo
0:09
8 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
0:10
9 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:10
10 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
0:10
15 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
16 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
35 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
81 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
136 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:49
143 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:49
1 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
20 pt
2 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
3 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
18 pt
4 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
17 pt
5 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
6 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
15 pt
7 Jonas Rickaert
Alpecin-Fenix
14 pt
8 Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
13 pt
9 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
12 pt
10 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
11 pt
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
14 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
1 Michał Paluta
Poland
8 pt
2 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana - Premier Tech
5 pt
3 Sean Bennett
Team Qhubeka NextHash
5 pt
1 Bahrain - Victorious 15:04:12
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
3 UAE-Team Emirates 0:00
4 Alpecin-Fenix 0:00
5 BORA - hansgrohe 0:00
6 AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00
8 Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00
9 Astana - Premier Tech 0:00
10 Groupama - FDJ 0:00

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