Tour de Pologne

Stage 4) Tarnów - Bukovina Resort

PL Poland Thursday 12 August 2021 160 km

Tour de Pologne: Almeida doubles his tally

Tour de Pologne: Almeida doubles his tally

João Almeida confirmed his fine form by adding another win to his growing palmares, two days after claiming his first ever World Tour success in Przemysl. Stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne was the hardest and longest of the race, taking the peloton to Bukovina Resort, where two climbs that came in quick succession offered the GC contenders the perfect platform to show their intentions.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step did a flawless job in controlling the breakaway with the likes of Ian Garrison and Tim Declercq, before Rémi Cavagna took over at the bottom of the final ascent, after the escapees were overhauled. The French Champion pushed such an insane tempo together with Mikkel Honoré that with 2.5 kilometers to go a gap was formed between the two and the rest of the field. Sensing the opportunity, the Dane continued this audacious move and passed beneath the flamme rouge with ten seconds in hand.

Despite his best efforts, Mikkel was reeled in just 200 meters from home by a charging peloton from where João Almeida bided his time perfectly before jumping clear and taking his second win in the space of forty-eight hours with a searing sprint that gave absolutely no chance to his rivals, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) and Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroen).

“It was a hard stage, with a lot of up-and-down roads, but the team helped me a lot and I want to thank them for their huge amount of work. On the last climb, Rémi and Mikkel made a good move, forcing the others to chase hard and close the gap. That helped me a lot, as I could remain calm in the group before launching my acceleration off the slipstream of Mohoric and passing him”, said the first Portuguese in the history of the race to notch up two stages at the same edition. “Friday we will have another hard stage, with a demanding final circuit, but we’ll do our best and show the same team spirit and motivation.”

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:51:32
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
4 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
5 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
0:00
6 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
0:00
7 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
8 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
9 Antonio Tiberi
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
10 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
23 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:09
34 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
54 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:02
111 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:30
113 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:30
142 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:22
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:52:24
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:08
3 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:14
4 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
5 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
0:32
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
0:32
7 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:32
8 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
0:32
9 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
0:36
10 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:36
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:37
43 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:22
47 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:02
114 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:51
137 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:09
140 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:36
1 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
57 pt
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
49 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
45 pt
5 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
38 pt
6 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
38 pt
7 Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
32 pt
8 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
32 pt
9 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
29 pt
10 Jonas Rickaert
Alpecin-Fenix
29 pt
11 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
21 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Łukasz Owsian
Poland
16 pt
2 Michał Paluta
Poland
8 pt
3 Daniel Arroyave Cañas
EF Education - Nippo
8 pt
4 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
5 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
5 pt
6 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana - Premier Tech
5 pt
7 Filippo Conca
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
8 Marco Canola
Gazprom - RusVelo
5 pt
9 Sean Bennett
Team Qhubeka NextHash
5 pt
10 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
4 pt
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 56:39:29
2 AG2R Citroën Team 1:21
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:43
4 Alpecin-Fenix 1:47
5 Lotto Soudal 1:57
6 Team BikeExchange 2:04
7 Movistar Team 4:08
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 7:18
9 Astana - Premier Tech 7:21
10 Team DSM 9:39

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