Tour de Pologne

Stage 5) Chocholów - Bielsko-Biala

PL Poland Friday 13 August 2021 173 km

Tour de Pologne: Almeida carries yellow into Katowice ITT

Tour de Pologne: Almeida carries yellow into Katowice ITT

João Almeida maintained his leadership at the Tour de Pologne – the season’s 23rd World Tour race – at the end of the 173km stage 5 to Bielsko-Biala, controlled right from the start by Deceuninck- Quick-Step, but marred by several crashes inside the last two kilometers. Having Mikkel Honoré to guide him through the field, João avoided both incidents that reduced the bunch to a handful of riders, who ended up fighting for victory.

The 23-year-old from Caldas da Rainha was in a good position 500 meters from home, but just a few seconds later found himself boxed in and for that reason opened his sprint late. Even in these conditions, Almeida still produced a strong turn of legs which almost brought him another top 3 finish, only a couple of centimeters separating him from the third place and four seconds on the stage won by Nikias Arndt (Team DSM).

“I was feeling good and was confident in my sprint, but I started a bit late because I got boxed in at 350 meters to go. I wanted some bonus seconds today, because I knew that in case of a victory Mohoric could have divested me of the yellow jersey. Luckily I kept it, albeit for a small margin, and will get to wear in the Katowice time trial. On Saturday, everything will depend on what I can do on that hilly course and I will be prepared to give everything out there to hold onto the jersey”, said João after the podium ceremony.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
4:02:20
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
0:00
4 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
6 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
7 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:00
8 Jake Stewart
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
9 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
10 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
28 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
62 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
126 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:03
128 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:03
131 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:03
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:54:44
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:02
3 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:14
4 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
5 Lorenzo Rota
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:32
6 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
0:32
7 Giovanni Aleotti
BORA - hansgrohe
0:32
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
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
45 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:02
128 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:54
139 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:12
140 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
48:39
1 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
68 pt
2 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
67 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
65 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
61 pt
5 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
38 pt
6 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
38 pt
7 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
36 pt
8 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
9 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
32 pt
10 Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
32 pt
27 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19 pt
1 Łukasz Owsian
Poland
50 pt
2 Emīls Liepiņš
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
3 Jonas Rickaert
Alpecin-Fenix
22 pt
4 Daniel Arroyave Cañas
EF Education - Nippo
22 pt
5 Yevgeniy Fedorov
Astana - Premier Tech
9 pt
6 Michał Paluta
Poland
8 pt
7 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
8 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
5 pt
9 Filippo Conca
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
10 Marco Canola
Gazprom - RusVelo
5 pt
1 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 68:46:29
2 Alpecin-Fenix 1:47
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:02
4 AG2R Citroën Team 2:13
5 Lotto Soudal 2:25
6 Movistar Team 4:18
7 Team BikeExchange 6:14
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 7:18
9 Astana - Premier Tech 9:46
10 Team DSM 10:50

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