Tour de Pologne (st. 4)
Poland’s peloton cover 133km route from Jaworzno to Kocierz neutralised, led by the Lotto-Soudal team, which took the start today despite the demise of their young team-mate. Racing to resume on Wednesday.
It wasn’t a day of sport, rather than memory, on stage four of the 2019 Tour de Pologne, competitive matters set aside on Tuesday due to Monday’s tragedy with Bjorg Lambrecht’s (Lotto-Soudal) passing during stage three.
The organisers, in agreement with the race jury and all competing teams, decided last night to scrap the final lap of the circuit around Kocierz, today’s uphill finish, and reduce the route length to just 133km. Lambrecht’s six team-mates covered the initial part of the stage together at the front of the peloton.
After a stop 48km into the stage, the same point where the fatal accident occurred, the other squads took the baton to lead the group -always under neutralized pace- until the finish. Racing will resume on Wednesday with stage five, 154km from Wieliczka to Bielsko-Biala.
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