Tour of Poland Opening Stage 1 Ends In Spring Finish

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WARSAW, Aug 03, 2014 (AFP) – Belarussian champion Yauheni Hutarovich won
the first stage of the Tour of Poland after 226km from Gdansk to Bydgoszcz on
Sunday in a sprint finish.

The AG2R rider edged out Russian Roman Maikin and Italy’s Manuele Mori in
the dash to the line.

Favourites including Poland’s Rafal Majka, Dutchman Pieter Weening and
Frenchman Warren Barguil finished safely in the pack.

A five-man breakaway had enjoyed a large lead over the peloton but they
were held up by a hailstorm with around 50km left.

Fallen branches in the road also caused crashes in the main bunch as the
chase briefly stalled.

Pole Maciej Paterski broke clear of his escape companions when all four
others went down on a slippery corner.

Although two managed to catch the 27-year-old, he attacked again and led
until around 1km to go when the peloton reeled him in.

Thereafter it was set up for a bunch sprint and Hutarovich proved the
strongest.

Leading results from the first stage of the
Tour of Poland on Sunday, a 226km ride from Gdansk to Bydgoszcz:

Stage
1. Yauheni Hutarovich (BEL/AG2R) 5hr 47min 50sec,
2. Roman Maïkin (RUS/Rusvelo) same time, 3. Manuele Mori
(ITA/Lampre-Merida) s.t., 4. Guillaume Boivin (CAN/Cannondale) s.t., 5. Marco
Haller (AUS/Katiusza) s.t., 6. Nicolas Maes (BEL/Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
s.t., 7. Boris Vallee (BEL/Lotto-Belisol) s.t., 8. Sebastian Lander (DAN/BMC)
s.t., 9. Davide Formolo (ITAL/Cannondale) s.t., 10. Enrico Gasparotto
(ITA/Astana) s.t.

Overall
1. Yauheni Hutarovich (BEL/AG2R) 5hr 47min 50sec,
2. Roman Maïkin (RUS/Rusvelo) at 4sec, 3. Manuele Mori (ITA/Lampre-Merida)
6, 4. Guillaume Boivin (CAN/Cannondale) 8, 5. Marco Haller (AUS/Katiusza)
s.t., 6. Nicolas Maes (BEL/Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 10, 7. Boris Vallee
(BEL/Lotto-Belisol) s.t., 8. Sebastian Lander (DAN/BMC) s.t., 9. Davide
Formolo (ITAL/Cannondale) s.t., 10. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA/Astana) s.t.

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