Kwiatkowski reigns for the second day running in Tour de Pologne
08 August 2018 05:26
Tour de Pologne leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) inflicted another significant blow on his rivals on Wednesday when he took a second straight stage win and simultaneously stretched out his overall lead by another four seconds. Four seconds might not seem much but in a race often decided by just a handful of seconds, the Polish star is clearly determined to take every chance he can to buttress his lead At the same time, of course, Kwiatkowski's second stage win in 24 hours, in very different terrain to Tuesday's steep uphill finish, will help the Team Sky leader both maintain overall momentum and keep an upper hand psychologically on his rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Stage five culminated with one of the stranger bunch sprints of the season with GC riders, all-rounders like Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ardennes Classics racers like double Amstel winner Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida) and out-and-out fast men like Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), the winner of stages 1 and 2, all in the mix. After launching his sprint early - "it was one of the longest sprints of my life" - Kwiatkowski managed to fend off both a furious Teuns, hammering the handlebars as he crossed the line in second place for the second day, and Battaglin. "This win was a bit unexpected for sure," Kwiatkowski told reporters afterwards. "We didn't really know the final would be like, we thought it would be tough for some of the sprinters but I never really thought I'd be able to win today."
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