Tour de Pologne (st. 1)
Movistar Team puts four of their pieces -Visconti (7th), Pardilla, Samoilau and Moreno- into the selected, 33-rider group contesting day one’s sprint in Jelenia Gora, despite a crash with no consequences which took Fran Ventoso out of the stage contention
Even though the new reigning Spanish road race champion, Fran Ventoso, couldn’t enjoy his first day in red-yellow after a crash with no consequences just before the final climb of the day, Movistar Team fought within the strongest on stage one in the 69th Tour de Pologne, covering 179km in a four-lap loop around with Jelenia Gora with four ascents to Cat. 1 Orlinek. Italy’s Moreno Moser (LIQ) was the fastest amongst a 33-rider field split after attacks on the last passage, with the telephone squad able to put four of their most important pieces towards a good GC result: Giovanni Visconti -the best of the Blues over the line with his 7th place-, Sergio Pardilla, Javi Moreno and Branislau Samoilau. With the mountain stages of Zakopane (Saturday) and Bukowina Tatrzanska (Sunday) still far away, the Polish tour will tackle a monster, 239-kilometer stage on Wednesday’s stage two from Walbrzych to Opole, with a predicatable bunch sprint in the air.