ZDENEK STYBAR IS THE STRONGEST ON THE COBBLES AT CIESZYN
Moser hangs on to the yellow jersey with 1” on polish Kwiatkowski
Cieszyn 12 July, 2012 –Zdenek Stybar is the winner of the third stage in the Tour de Pologne. The Czech rider from team Omega Pharma Quick-Step crossed the finish line at the top of the cobblestone kicker ahead of Italians Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) and Sacha Modolo (Colnago Csf-Inox).
Thus a Czech rider won the third stage of the Tour de Pologne, which followed tradition in taking the group beyond national borders, if only for a brief stretch, into the Czech Republic. There were 201.7 km on the program, from Kedzierzyn-Kozle to Cieszyn. It was a challenging stage with an up and down route featuring three Mountain grand prix; the first part was a line up and the final was on two different courses: a wider, 17.2 km loop repeated twice, and then the spectacular final circuit, 3, 6.3- km long laps, with the cobblestone climb that led to the arriving straightaway in the main square in Cieszyn. The stage got started with a breakaway by three riders: Japanese Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica GreenEDGE), Italian Gabriele Bosisio (Utensilnord Named) and Pole Mateus Taciak (Reprezentacja Polski), who gained a maximum advantage of almost 17 minutes. The last guys to throw in the towel were Beppu and Bosisio, who were reeled in by the group at the start of the final circuit. The final circuit was technical and spectacular, hosting a series of attacks including the ones by Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Jussi Veikkanen (Francaise des Jeux) and Marek Rutkiewicz (Representacja polski) and then the same Rutkiewicz with Colombian Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Team Sky). In the final sprint leading to the finish line in Cieszyn the head group, led by the yellow jersey Moreno Moser, was reabsorbed and Zdenek Stybar busted a powerful scat to beat Italians Gavazzi and Modolo.
“I’m very happy, I wanted to win this stage and I managed to do so,” says Zdenek Stybar. “Today’s stage crossed the border into the Czech Republic and along the route I was really feeling the love from the home crowds. I thank the team, which did a great job, and especially Matteo Trentin and Michal Kwiatkowsk; today Michal helped me win the stage and I hope I can return the favour by helping him win the Tour de Pologne”.
Moreno Moser today always with the best of the group conserved the yellow Skandia jersey and lead the general classification with 1 second on Michal Kwiatkowski, that took 3 seconds in a intermediate sprint, and 6 seconds on Lars Boom (Rabobank).
“I knew it was going to be a challenging stage, however I liked this route and it was well suited to my skills,” explains yellow jersey Moser.
“My team mates did a great job, first in closing in on the break and then in keeping me ahead for the final. I raced with the objective of hanging on to the yellow jersey but I won’t deny I was also gunning for victory. Tomorrow at Katowice should be a calm stage for me, suited to sprinters; it will be important to race carefully, especially in the final, trying not to lose valuable seconds because afterward there will be two decisive mountain stages, first in Zakopane and then in Bukowina”.
Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot (Orica GreenEDGE) hangs on to the Tauron cyclamen jersey for the MGP. Poland’s own Lukasz Bodnar (Reprezetacja Polski) kept his Fiat red jersey for the most active rider in the group. Moreno Moser also recaptured the Lang Team white/red jersey for the points’ classification. Michal Kwiatkowski is leading the Lotos classification as the best Pole in the group. Team Sky heads the team classification.