Tour of Poland: Bos wins stage 3 sprint

Theo Bos (Belkin) claimed victory on stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne in a fiercely-contested bunch sprint in Rzeszów. The Dutchman delivered a powerful finish to overhaul Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) in the closing metres, while Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) took third.

Czech rider Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) retains the overall lead after finishing safely in the main peloton. He remains 27 seconds clear of Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r-La Mondiale), while Bos moves up to third overall at the same time.

Bos’ Belkin team controlled the peloton for most of the flat and fast finishing circuit around Rzeszów, with the Australian pair of Jack Bobridge and David Tanner particularly prominent, but he was left largely to his own devices in the final 1,500 metres as Giant-Shimano took up the reins in support of Mezgec.

Bos showed sound judgement by tucking in behind Mezgec and Matthews ahead of the final right-hand corner, and then he timed his effort to perfection inside the final 250 metres. After allowing Sacha Modolo’s early surge peter out, Bos jumped off Matthews’ wheel shortly after Mezgec had launched his sprint, and he powered past the Slovenian within sight of the line to claim the win.

"Today our tactic was to work for Markus (Barry)," Bos revealed afterward. "It was very difficult to take the lead on these narrow roads but we succeeded. It was a very fast stage and Tour of Poland my bigger race so far this year. It's never easy for me to win at the WorldTour's level so I am super happy I could do it here today. My legs are good so I will see if I can try tomorrow. But that's a long stage with a very technical final circuit and I don't necessarily like these conditions."

The day’s stage was animated by a four-man breakaway featuring Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Björn Thurau (Europcar), Pawel Franczak (Poland) and Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat). The Polish pairing of Franczak and Taciak kicked off the attacking shortly after the flag was dropped, and were joined in turn by Puccio and Thurau.

Together, the quartet reached a steady working agreement, and quickly established a lead of 3:15, but it was soon apparent that the peloton – stung, no doubt, by Petr Vakoc’s surprise win the previous day – was going to keep very close tabs on the escapees.

With 30 kilometres remaining, their lead had been clipped back to a little over a minute, and it feel incrementally thereafter under the impetus of Belkin’s forcing until they were caught with a little under 12 kilometres to go.

The fast finishing circuit was made up largely of wide roads and sweeping turns, and thankfully there was no repeat of the spate of crashes that so marred the opening day of racing, although Ben Swift (Sky) was a faller in the final kilometre. A little earlier, meanwhile, an inflatable banner which collapsed just before the peloton passed by with 8km to go briefly caused confusion, but mercifully, everybody emerged unscathed.

"It was a very nice feeling to wear the yellow jersey," Vakoc said. "A lot of people congratulated me this morning. That's also the first time the team has worked for me - it happened last year on a smaller race and with less riders surrounding me, at the Tour of Slovakia. So I have well recovered from by long breakaway yesterday. I now hope I can keep the jersey as long as possible."

The high speeds in the finale meant that there was precious little scope for late attacks although Sam Bewley (Orica-GreenEdge) gamely tried to zip off the front at the beginning of the final lap of the 6km-long finishing circuit. He was swept up shortly afterwards, however, and the scene was set for the mass finish.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3:39:27
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 7 - Cell 2
9Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 10 - Cell 2
12Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) PolandRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 12 - Cell 2
14Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 14 - Cell 2
16Damiano Caruso (Ita) CannondaleRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Kamil Zielinski (Pol) PolandRow 18 - Cell 2
20Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 19 - Cell 2
21Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory RacingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Marco Haller (Aut) Team KatushaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team KatushaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.frRow 27 - Cell 2
29Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 30 - Cell 2
32Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVeloRow 35 - Cell 2
37Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 38 - Cell 2
40Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sergey Chernetsky (Rus) Team KatushaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) CannondaleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenedgeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) PolandRow 45 - Cell 2
47Davide Formolo (Ita) CannondaleRow 46 - Cell 2
48Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Davide Villella (Ita) CannondaleRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ivan Balykin (Ita) RusVeloRow 49 - Cell 2
51Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 50 - Cell 2
52Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 51 - Cell 2
53Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Pawel Cieslik (Pol) PolandRow 55 - Cell 2
57Nicki Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Larry Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) RusVeloRow 66 - Cell 2
68Serguei Firsanov (Rus) RusVeloRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) RusVeloRow 72 - Cell 2
74Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) RusVeloRow 73 - Cell 2
75Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 74 - Cell 2
76Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenedgeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Markus Barry (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 79 - Cell 2
81Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVeloRow 80 - Cell 2
82Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 84 - Cell 2
86Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 87 - Cell 2
89Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.frRow 88 - Cell 2
90Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 90 - Cell 2
92Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 91 - Cell 2
93Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 92 - Cell 2
94Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Pawel Bernas (Pol) PolandRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) RusVeloRow 104 - Cell 2
106Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin SharpRow 105 - Cell 2
107Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin SharpRow 106 - Cell 2
108Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin SharpRow 107 - Cell 2
109Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.frRow 109 - Cell 2
111Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenedgeRow 111 - Cell 2
113Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team KatushaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 114 - Cell 2
116Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team SkyRow 115 - Cell 2
117Bartosz Warchol (Pol) PolandRow 116 - Cell 2
118Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 117 - Cell 2
119Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 119 - Cell 2
121Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin SharpRow 120 - Cell 2
122Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 121 - Cell 2
123Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 124 - Cell 2
126Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 125 - Cell 2
127Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto BelisolRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 127 - Cell 2
129Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.frRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 131 - Cell 2
133Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Garmin Sharp0:01:00
136Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory RacingRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 137 - Cell 2
139David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Kamil Gradek (Pol) PolandRow 139 - Cell 2
141Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 140 - Cell 2
142Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 141 - Cell 2
143Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 143 - Cell 2
145Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Matthias Krizek (Aut) CannondaleRow 145 - Cell 2
147Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 146 - Cell 2
148Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 147 - Cell 2
149Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:42
150Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:02:31
151Guillaume Boivin (Can) CannondaleRow 150 - Cell 2
152Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:02:37
153Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:02:39
154Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team SkyRow 154 - Cell 2
156Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 155 - Cell 2
157Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica Greenedge0:02:54
158Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:03:31
159Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:03:41
161Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 160 - Cell 2
162Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:05:33
163Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland0:06:11
164Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 163 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team20pts
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano19Row 1 - Cell 3
3Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida17Row 3 - Cell 3
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale14Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol13Row 7 - Cell 3
9Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida11Row 9 - Cell 3
11Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Konrad Dabkowski (Pol) Poland9Row 11 - Cell 3
13Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr8Row 12 - Cell 3
14Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team7Row 13 - Cell 3
15Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Kamil Zielinski (Pol) Poland2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr1Row 19 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Rzeszów, km. 155,9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice3pts
2Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Most aggressive riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar3pts
2Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Giant-Shimano10:58:21
2AG2R La MondialeRow 1 - Cell 2
3FDJ.frRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lotto BelisolRow 3 - Cell 2
5Trek Factory RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Lampre-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8PolandRow 7 - Cell 2
9BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Team KatushaRow 9 - Cell 2
11CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 10 - Cell 2
12CannondaleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Orica GreenedgeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Garmin SharpRow 13 - Cell 2
15Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16RusVeloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tinkoff-SaxoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Team EuropcarRow 20 - Cell 2
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