The second stage of the Tour de Pologne (2.UWT, 9-15/8) between Zamość and Przemyśl exceeded the 200 kilometer mark. In his first race since his national championships in June, Taco van der Hoorn did what he does best. The Dutch rider joined the early breakaway of five riders from the start. The peloton didn’t trust the leaders and played a cat and mouse game with them. The advantage oscillated between 1 and 3 minutes. This offered three riders the possibility to bridge across with 90 kilometer to go. A trio of hills at the beginning of the final race hour offered the attackers the possibility to make the race hard. van der Hoorn’s teammates participated to the series of attacks when the Dutchman was caught. After attempts from Lorenzo Rota and Georg Zimmermann, Biniam Girmay Hailu managed to lead the race for several kilometers. But in the end, a big group presented itself at the bottom of the 1.5 kilometer climb leading to the finish. Joao Almeida went from far and managed to resist to the return of his competitors. Lorenzo Rota also managed the steep climb well and crossed the line in 6th position. The Italian rider is now 7th in the provisional classification, 22 seconds behind the Portuguese rider. Thanks to a 16th place from Quinten Hermans and a 20th place from Biniam Girmay Hailu, the team was invited to the podium for the team prize.
This Wednesday, the longest stage of the Tour de Pologne is on the menu. The first race half of the 226 kilometer event with start in Sanok is a series of steep climbs, but the final 50 kilometer leading to the finish in Rzeszów are rather flat.