The fifth stage of the Tour de Pologne was ridden on a relatively hilly course this Wednesday, but finished with a chaotic sprint in the streets of Rzeszów.
Dutchman Boy van Poppel rode most of the day in the front as part of the early breakaway of eight riders, until the foot of the last climb with top 8 kilometer before the finish.
Nobody made use of the slopes of this climb, so a complete peloton headed towards the sprint. But a massive crash in the final kilometer split the peloton, leaving only six riders sprinting for the victory.
Gerben Thijssen crashed in the slipstream of Hugo Page, who took over the role of his sprinter and finished seventh. Quinten Hermans stays third in the provisional classification on the eve of the time trial.