Tour de Pologne 2013

July 27 - August 3, 2013, Rovereto, POL, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Today's stage takes us 192 km with lots of climbing!

  1. 16:51:38 CEST

    As we join the race, we have two Polish riders in the lead: Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura) and Sylvester Szmyd (Movistar). They lead by about two minutes over a large chase group, with the peloton another 4 minutes back.

  2. 16:53:07 CEST

    Today's course is, shall we say, an interesting one. It consists of five laps of a 38.4km circuit course, and ten ascents of the same category one climb – so two times per lap.

  3. 77km remaining from 192km

    16:56:06 CEST

    With two laps and 77 km still to go, the two leaders have about a minute over a large chase group, with the peloton at 4:30.

  4. 17:00:31 CEST

    We had an early break of four riders:  Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura), Bertjan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DMC), Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) and Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Polsat Polkowice). They had a maximum gap of just over three minutes.

  5. 17:03:13 CEST

    But nothing was to be easy today. They were caught and after a number of groups formed, and a large group of 32 formed. Huzarski was in that group today, and eventually took off on his own. He was later joined by Szmyd.

  6. 17:07:14 CEST

    The gaps are falling, with Huzarski and Szmyd now having only 40 seconds, and the peloton 3:55 back.

  7. 17:11:31 CEST

    As you probably know by now, there is scant information available from the race. But we do our best to keep you informed!

  8. 17:12:58 CEST

    The two leaders have built their lead back up to 1:15, but the peloton is getting closer, at 3:45.

  9. 17:16:22 CEST

    NetApp's Huzarski, who was in the first group to get away today, has held the red jersey for most active rider for the whole race and is now assured of going home with it.  He took that jersey on the first stage, and also won the KOM jersey that day, but had to give it up the next stage. The Polish rider is of course eager to do his best in his homeland race.

  10. 17:17:47 CEST

    It really is hard to know what is going on..... either the two leaders have over a minute gap, or they have just been caught.

  11. 17:18:37 CEST

    Apparently they have been caught.

  12. 17:23:21 CEST

    It was the second day in a break group for Atapuma. His team manager claimed that he was “mobbed” out of the group yesterday. You decide.

  13. 60km remaining from 192km

    17:25:06 CEST

    With 60 km still to go, we have a lead group of 26, and the peloton is 2:45 back.

  14. 17:26:32 CEST

    The race twitter now reports that many riders are being dropped from that large lead group.

  15. 17:30:16 CEST

    Let's take a look at the top five in the various categories, starting off with GC:

    1     Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     25:49:41      
    2     Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     0:00:01      
    3     Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling     0:00:05      
    4     Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     0:00:07      
    5     Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge     0:00:08      

  16. 17:33:23 CEST

    Huzarski has a firm grip on the sprint classification.

    1     Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura     13      pts
    2     Jacek Morajko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice     8      
    3     Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team     7      
    4     Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice     6      
    5     Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Poland     3      

  17. 45km remaining from 192km

    17:38:58 CEST

    With 45 km to go, we now have nine leaders: 45K to go 9 leaders: Rebellin, Kiserlovski, Golas, Konig, Atapuma, Howes, Santaromita, Chernetskiy and Ulissi.

  18. 17:41:07 CEST

    The nine leaders have a two minute gap.

  19. 17:41:54 CEST

    Tomasz Marczynski of Vacansoleil wears the mountain jersey, but with ten climbs today, there may well be a change.

    1     Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     39      pts
    2     Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard     37      
    3     Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     20      
    4     Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura     15      
    5     Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     13      

  20. 17:43:43 CEST

    It is a bright sunny day today!

  21. 17:47:22 CEST

    The first chase group can't really be called the peloton any more. There can't be more than 30-40 riders there.

  22. 17:48:03 CEST

    Our lead group is: Davide Rebellin (CCC Polsat), Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack), Leopold Koenig (NetApp-Endura), Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Sergei Chernetskiy (Katusha) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)

  23. 191.62km remaining from 192km

    17:49:02 CEST

    They are on the bell lap now! With a gap of 2:01.

  24. 17:53:21 CEST

    With two stage wins, it is no surprise that the mighty Thor leads the points ranking.

    1     Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team     55      pts
    2     Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano     42      
    3     Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     41      
    4     Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling     39      
    5     Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     39    

  25. 17:57:17 CEST

    The gap is now at 1:36.

  26. 17:58:10 CEST

    Howse and an OPQS rider are trying to get off the front of this lead group, but they are caught again.

  27. 17:58:58 CEST

    And let's add some more riders to the lead group:

    Kevin De Weert (OPQS), Michal Golas (OPQS), Mathias Frank (BMC), Francis De Greef (Lotto Belisol), Sandy Casar (FDJ)

  28. 18:01:45 CEST

    There have been numerous attacks and counter-attacks out of the lead group, but it looks more like each of them checking the others out.

  29. 18:02:35 CEST

    Howes taks off again, but Kiserlovski and one other join him.

  30. 26km remaining from 192km

    18:05:05 CEST

    Only 26 km to go, and it looks like this lead goup is still all together.

  31. 18:05:47 CEST

    Two riders off the front of the field: Movistar and BMC.

  32. 24km remaining from 192km

    18:07:55 CEST

    Only 7 leaders in front now, we hear, and even that small group is breaking up. König and Howes lead another attack. Gap is now at 1:20.

  33. 23km remaining from 192km

    18:09:43 CEST

    iserlovskig was teh one who took off, and he has now been joined by two others, with 23 km to go.

  34. 18:10:56 CEST

    Howes is also in this new brea, we can't yet pick up the name of the third rider.

  35. 18:11:51 CEST

    No, not Howes. Let's go with König, Kiserlovski and Santaromita.

  36. 20km remaining from 192km

    18:12:29 CEST

    We are not getting any time gaps here, but it looks like this trio has a nice little lead on their next chasers.

  37. 18:16:05 CEST

    Howes, Golas and one other are about 10 seconds back, and the field is now at 1:20, we hear.

  38. 18:20:07 CEST

    The leaders are heading through narrow, twisty roads, which should help their cause. Konig continues to push the pace.

  39. 18:24:23 CEST

    The gap from the front group to the lead chase is now 38 seconds according to the race organisation, but that chase group is getting smaller and smaller.

  40. 18:25:02 CEST

    Atapuma goes on the attack on this climb, and Chernetskiy has made it up from the chase group just as everything starts to fall apart for this breakaway.

  41. 18:28:28 CEST

    Chernitskiy has bridged across to Atapuma on the worst part of the climb - the false flat that follows is allowing them to gain time on the chasers. They've got neutral support in behind them.

  42. 12km remaining from 192km

    18:29:29 CEST

    An attack from the yellow jersey group from Christophe Riblon (AG2R) - he gets away just before the crest.

  43. 18:30:31 CEST

    The sun is getting low in the sky over the peloton, the long shadows and golden glow making for dramatic images of the lush, green countryside.

  44. 18:32:22 CEST

    Izagirre sees his yellow jersey possibly slipping away, so he moves to teh front of the chasing field and picks up the pace, to try and catch Riblon.

  45. 18:33:22 CEST

    Chernetski and Atapuma are really flying along here.

    A crash from a Saxo rider, may be Maika. But he is up and going again.

  46. 8km remaining from 192km

    18:34:20 CEST

    Only 8 km to go, and it is beginning to look as if these two might come through to the end. It is an uphill climb, and that would certainly suit Atapuma.

  47. 18:36:04 CEST

    Riblon has caught the first chase group, which is the remnants of the break group. And he promptly goes on ahead of them.

  48. 18:36:48 CEST

    Remember, Riblon came into this stage in fourth place, only 7 seconds down. So he is looking to take over the race lead.

  49. 4.6km remaining from 192km

    18:37:20 CEST

    The two leaders are on a rare flat section at the moment but will start climbing -- for the final time -- very shortly.

  50. 18:37:39 CEST

    They have 18 seconds on the chasers.

  51. 18:37:41 CEST

    They have 18 seconds on the chasers.

  52. 18:39:48 CEST

    Three km to go for our two leaders.

  53. 18:41:04 CEST

    It looks as if the two chasing groups have come toghgehter, and are only 15 seconds or so behind Atapuma and Chernetski.

  54. 18:41:31 CEST

    2.5km to go and definitely uphill here.

  55. 18:42:10 CEST

    The riders are strung out on this final climb. Atapuma takes off once again, with 2.3 km to go.

  56. 18:43:04 CEST

    Atapuma now has a narrow lead over Riblon. The Frenchman may catch him in a second.

  57. 18:43:31 CEST

    Now the two are together, going up this climb.

  58. 18:44:11 CEST

    1.5km to go. Riblon and Atapuma in the lead.

  59. 18:44:42 CEST

    The final km!

  60. 18:45:16 CEST

    Riblon leads the way.

  61. 18:45:59 CEST

    ATapuma holds on to Riblon, waiting for a final sprint?

  62. 18:46:36 CEST

    And he goes! Atapuma sprints easily away and takes the win!

  63. 18:47:00 CEST

    The yellow jersey crosses the line at about 22 seconds.

  64. 18:47:22 CEST

    That ought to give Riblon the yellow jersey.

  65. 18:48:20 CEST

    König takes third, with Ullis fourth and Majka fifth..

  66. 18:51:16 CEST

    Our top ten on the day:

    1    Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia    5:19:36
    2    Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:02
    3    Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    0:00:22
    4    Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    0:00:22
    5    Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    0:00:22
    6    Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    0:00:22
    7    Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    0:00:22
    8    Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    0:00:22
    9    Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team    0:00:22
    10    Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida    0:00:22

  67. 18:51:54 CEST

     And the new top ten in GC:

    1    Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    31:09:20
    2    Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    0:00:19
    3    Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    0:00:20
    4    Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling    0:00:24
    5    Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge    0:00:27
    6    Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:33
    7    Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    0:00:33
    8    Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard    0:00:36
    9    Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    0:00:40
    10    Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp    0:01:08

  68. 18:52:31 CEST

    It is hard to believe, but that is Colombia's first victory this season!

  69. 18:53:53 CEST

    Tomorrow is the time trial, which will decide our final GC. Be sure to join us again then!

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