Australian Graeme Brown (Rabobank) is happy with his Poland victory, despite admitting his condition isn't as good as it was during the Eneco Tour in Belgium and Holland. Brown out sprinted Belgian Wouter Weylandt (Quickstep - Innergetic) on the 202.4 kilometre Stage 2.
"I actually felt better in the Eneco Tour than I did here but, I could not pull it off there and now I did here," noted Brown. "I am very happy."
Brown was frustrated with his results during last month's Eneco Tour. Since then Brown has spent the last week with Mathew Hayman and the Australian track team training in Germany, something which Rabobank team manager Frans Maassen believes helped him to victory on Monday. "I think it benefited his speed," noted Maassen. "He was certainly unbeatable today."
Maassen added that Brown's win, which sees the sprinter take the ProTour event's general classification lead, has injected energy into the Dutch squad. "The boys are a little elated," laughed Maassen. "But what did you expect? Our tour here is already a success. I think we can win some more now that the pressure is off."
"It all went really well," added Maassen. "We can now defend the jersey with our complete team on Tuesday. Our morale is high, but everyone will understand that."