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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:04

Tim Wellens won the 73rd edition of the Tour de Pologne. Wellens already was the best during the fifth stage in this race after an incredible solo.

Because of this wonderful performance and due to the cancelled queen stage, the Belgian rider started as leader in the closing time trial of 25 kilometres in and around Krakow. Alex Dowsett was the fastest, he won just ahead of his teammate Jonathan Castroviejo. Wellens rode a decent time trial, he finished thirteenth. His competitors on GC were unable to threaten him, he won this year’s Tour de Pologne with more than four minutes advantage.

Lotto Soudal obtained some very nice results. Tim Wellens won the fifth stage, Tiesj Benoot finished third on that stage. Benoot also obtained the fifth place on GC. Four riders finished in the top twenty of this Tour de Pologne. A stunning performance. Lotto Soudal also won the team classification. Sports director Mario Aerts is very proud of course.

Mario Aerts: “Our aim beforehand was to show ourselves during the two important mountain stages. In the first real mountain stage, Tim Wellens immediately showed his climbing skills. That was a very strong performance. He also obtained a big advantage on GC so we had a lot of confidence for the queen stage. Eventually, this stage was cancelled and for good reason. The road was really dangerous. The riders started in the shortened stage, but after several kilometres the organization decided together with the riders to cancel the race. In my opinion, this decision didn’t have a big influence on the GC positions. We had a very strong team so I’m pretty sure that we would have been able to defend Tim’s leader’s jersey. Finally, Tim rode a good time trial so he won the race. We also finished with four riders in the top twenty. That’s a result I didn’t dare to dream about. We are absolutely very proud on the whole team.”

After the Eneco Tour, this is the second stage race at the highest level that the 25-year old Tim Wellens manages to win. Besides that, he also won the points classification and the KOM classification.

Tim Wellens: “I didn’t take too many risks in the closing time trial. It was very important not to crash so I could secure my leading position on GC. I tried to maintain an equal pace and that worked out really well.”

“I’m very happy with this victory of course. In theory, you can compare this victory with any other victory in a WorldTour stage race. But in my opinion, this race is less important than Paris-Nice for instance. I just wanted to check how good I felt on the bike after a very hard training period with the Olympic Games in mind. It pleases me that I was able to obtain this nice result, also the team did a great job. I like to compare this race with the Eneco Tour. The real climbers can’t perform as they would and the stages allow an aggressive way of racing. These kind of races suit me well.”

 

 

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