Tour de Pologne

Stage 6) Katowice - Katowice

PL Poland Saturday 14 August 2021 19 km

A perfect day for the Wolfpack at the Tour de Pologne

A perfect day for the Wolfpack at the Tour de Pologne

Since turning pro in 2017, Rémi Cavagna has ridden the Tour de Pologne three times and on each of these occasions he was on the hunt for a stage win, joining the breakaways, going all-out, and once even coming close to getting that victory, only to be caught by a ruthless peloton just a few kilometers from home. This year, the Frenchman came back at the start, and with him, also the individual time trial returned at Poland’s sole World Tour event, adding to the motivation of the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” to finally put his name on the winners’ list here.

One of the favourites at the start of stage 6, taking place over a rolling 19.1km course around Katowice, Cavagna amply confirmed his TT prowess, putting in a flying ride which saw him record the fastest time at the finish by a mile. Rémi, who earlier this week celebrated his 26th birthday, remained in the hot seat until the end of the stage, notching up his third victory of the year, after the ones at the Tour de Romandie and the French Championships.

“I can tell you that I’m very happy, because the time trial is my speciality and every win in this discipline gives me a lot of satisfaction. I worked hard at home and to win this stage feels great, especially as I didn’t do a perfect race. On the other hand, I gave everything out there and rode with a lot of confidence, which bodes well for the European Championships in September, my next objective”, said Rémi, the first Frenchman in eight years to win a stage in Poland.

The only rider who could come close to Cavagna’s time was his teammate, João Almeida. The yellow jersey wearer went fastest through the intermediate checkpoint, but eventually concluded runner-up, 13 seconds behind, a result that cemented his lead in the overall standings and brought him one step closer to the first stage race victory of his career. The Portuguese is joined in the upper echelon of the standings by another Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammate, Mikkel Honoré, who moved up to fifth place following the ITT.

“I am happy for myself and for Rémi, who was so strong today. We took the win, we kept the jersey, so it was an incredible day for us. The parcours was a bit technical, and I didn’t take any risks. I was a bit nervous, but in the end the legs were good and I am content with the result I got and with how things stand in the GC ahead of Sunday”, said João, who will carry a 20-second advantage into the Krakow stage.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:11
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:13
3 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
4 Mikkel Bjerg
UAE-Team Emirates
0:18
5 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:18
6 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:21
7 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
0:27
8 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
9 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:31
10 Matthias Brändle
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:32
63 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
67 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:37
76 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:50
82 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:17:07
2 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:20
3 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
0:27
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:37
5 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:53
6 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
0:57
7 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
1:06
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
1:25
9 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
1:28
10 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:30
35 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:09
45 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:22
129 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:31
138 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:37
140 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:20
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
84 pt
2 Michał Kwiatkowski
INEOS Grenadiers
83 pt
3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
80 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
69 pt
5 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47 pt
6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
38 pt
7 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
38 pt
8 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
36 pt
9 David Dekker
Team Jumbo-Visma
36 pt
10 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
34 pt
21 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
29 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 Deceuninck - Quick Step 69:55:24
2 Alpecin-Fenix 1:52
3 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 2:20
4 Lotto Soudal 2:21
5 AG2R Citroën Team 3:06
6 Team BikeExchange 3:06
7 Movistar Team 6:14
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 7:30
9 Astana - Premier Tech 7:55
10 Team DSM 9:59

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