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Tour de Pologne 2017: Stage 2


Peter Sagan returned to action at the Tour de Pologne on Saturday and returned to winning ways, claiming the first stage in Krakow. Stage 2 to Katowice should give the sprinters another opportunity, and Sagan swaps his rainbow bands for the yellow jersey of race leader for today's 142-kilometre leg.

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Katowice has traditionally been the reserve of the sprinters at the Tour de Pologne, but four years ago, Taylor Phinney upset the fast men with a canny late attack to claim his first road race win as a professional.

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It's a case of deja vu all over again for Keizer. The LottoNL-Jumbo man was in the early break yesterday too, and also with riders from Novo Nordisk, CCC-Sprandi and the Polish national team.

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Peter Sagan's win yesterday was his first since stage 3 of the Tour de France. It was also his first race since stage 4 of the Tour de France... After winning in Krakow, Sagan admitted that he was glad the stage had been 'only' 130 kilometres in length. Alasdair Fotheringham has the story in full here.

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Alex Dowswett (Movistar) was among the riders to come down in yesterday's finishing straight crash, and the Briton was perhaps the worst-affected, but he remains in the race. There were 152 starters this morning, with Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo), who abandoned yesterday, the only absentee.

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Away from the Tour de Pologne, a case of mechanical doping was discovered on an amateur race in Italy yesterday. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that a 53-year-old masters rider was found to have used a hidden motor in a race in Bedizzole, near Brescia. It appears that race organisers acted on a tip-off and used a thermal camera. You can find more details here.

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Adrian Kurek attacks his fellow escapees ahead of the intermediate sprint and opens a small gap.

Kurek leads Keizer and Gradek through the intermediate sprint. A rather more relaxed peloton passes the same point almost three minutes down, with Orica-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe on the front.

Kurek, the Polish champion, has decided to continue with his solo effort, and he is around 200 metres ahead of Keizer, Gradek and Henttala on the road.

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Bora-Hansgrohe and Orica-Scott continue to set the tempo at the head of the bunch, preparing the ground for a Sagan-Ewan rematch in Katowice this afternoon.

No sprinter comes away satisfied with second place, but Caleb Ewan saw reason for encouragement in his display yesterday, his first competitive outing since the Giro d'Italia. (No, the Hammer Series does not count). "Tomorrow [Sunday] should be another bunch sprint, it’s the fast downhill finish [in Katowice] they have most years, so it should be pretty hectic, but it should be good," Ewan said. Alasdair Fotheringham has the full story.

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The peloton fans out across the road. Kurek's lead stands at 48 seconds, and none of the sprinters' teams have any desire to claw back the Polish champion too early.

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Peter Sagan, in the yellow jersey this afternoon, sits well-placed near the head of the peloton as it passes the finish line.

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Ruben Plaza has been very active at the head of the bunch for Orica-Scott. Bahrain-Merida have now joined the chase in numbers in support of Niccolo Bonifazio.

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Vakoc is caught and Sky begin to wind up the sprint for Danny van Poppel, before Katusha take over.

Sacha Modolo hits the front as the sprint begins. Ewan and Sagan seem too far back...

Sacha Modolo (UAE-Emirates) wins stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne.

Danny van Poppel came with a late charge and took second place. Max Walscheid (Sunweb) led out the sprint and held on for third.

Boy van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo) took fourth ahead of Youcef Reguigui (Dimension Data). Sagan could only manage 8th.


Danny van Poppel (Sky) moves into the yellow jersey of race leader.

Sagan drops to second overall, on the same time as Van Poppel, with Modolo in third, also on the same time. 

General classification:

Thanks for joining our live coverage this afternoon. A full report, results and pictures are available here, and we'll have all the news from Katowice in due course. Cyclingnews will carry live updates from stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne on Monday.

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