Tour de Pologne: Van Poppel claims stage 5 in Rzeszow

Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) finally claimed a stage victory in the 2017 Tour de Pologne, taking the sprint from a crash-reduced peloton on a short, fast and rainy stage 5 to Rzeszow over Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Van Poppel, who led the race after stage 2, upgraded his three podium finishes so far in the race to leap onto the top step thanks to a full-on team effort from his Sky lead-out train that pulled back a late attack from Dimension Data’s Youcef Reguigui and delivered the Dutchman to the front in time to avoid a wreck in the final bend.

Sagan once again finished in the time bonuses to extend his lead in the general classification over Dylan Teuns (BMC) and his own teammate Rafal Majka, both of whom were caught behind the crash in the final bend of the stage but were awarded the same time for the general classification.

How it unfolded

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) was the best-placed rider in the day's breakaway, joining Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Moreno Moser (Astana) off the front on a short, intense 130km stage to Rzeszow.

With the GC battle still tight, the breakaway was given little room to breathe, earning a maximum of 2:50 with 60 kilometres to go.

Unfortunately for Schachmann, his spell in the virtual race lead came crashing down as the skies opened up with 27 kilometres remaining and he slid out in a sharp right turn. There was no time for the rest of the riders to wait, and the Quick-Step rider was out of the move.

The other four escapees soldiered on through a sinuous cityscape littered with signage, inflatables and sponsor logo-laden barriers, but few fans as the spectators took shelter from the summer storm.

With 22.5 kilometres to go, the quartet gently wound their way out of the finishing chute for the final lap, enjoying a 1:25 lead on the peloton. UAE Team Emirates had the peloton lined out with race leader Sagan not far behind, staying out of trouble on the rain-slicked roads.

As the race moved out of Rzeszow, the skies cleared and roads dried for the frenetic push to the finish.

On the final climb with 13 kilometres to go, the four leaders' gap had been slashed to just 20 seconds thanks to a concerted effort from Team Sky. On the steepest part of the climb, the peloton bore down on the leaders and the cars desperately tried to squeeze past the leaders as van Garderen launched an attack.

The American's acceleration relegated his former companion Monfort to pack fodder, with Moser the next caught, but the BMC rider's lead was just 10 seconds as he crested the climb and hurtled down through wildflower fields toward the finish.

Sunweb took over the chasing, finally sweeping past Tolhoek with 10km to go.

Van Garderen had a dozen seconds over the bunch as they rode back toward the dark clouds that still hung over the finish. The last of the motorbikes left the gap with 3.7 kilometres to go, and though the American continued to press on, the Sky-led bunch was on his wheel with three kilometres remaining.

The rain had stopped but the roads were still wet as the Sky lead-out train brought the peloton into the final turn and behind, a crash from a Cannondale-Drapac rider blocked the majority of the peloton, leaving a dozen riders fighting for the stage.

Reguigui launched an attack with one kilometre to go, but was mowed down by Sky, who dropped Van Poppel off at the front. The Dutchman started the sprint, but held on to take the win over Mezgec and Sagan.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky2:59:44
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 1 - Cell 2
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 4 - Cell 2
6Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pawel Cieslik (Pol) PolandRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 15 - Cell 2
17Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 19 - Cell 2
21Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 21 - Cell 2
23Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 23 - Cell 2
25Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 26 - Cell 2
28Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 30 - Cell 2
32Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 33 - Cell 2
35Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 34 - Cell 2
36François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 38 - Cell 2
40Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 39 - Cell 2
41Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 43 - Cell 2
45Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 46 - Cell 2
48Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 47 - Cell 2
49Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 51 - Cell 2
53Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:06
55Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:07
56Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:08
57Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:12
58Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:29
59Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:01:30
62Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) PolandRow 61 - Cell 2
63David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 62 - Cell 2
64Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:31
66Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alexander Porsev (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 67 - Cell 2
69Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:32
70Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:33
74Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 74 - Cell 2
76Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:01:39
77Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 76 - Cell 2
78Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb0:01:40
80Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 79 - Cell 2
81Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 80 - Cell 2
82Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:58
83Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:02:12
84José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:32
85Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:54
86Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Poland0:03:00
87Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:02
88Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:03:33
89Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 88 - Cell 2
90Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:34
91Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 90 - Cell 2
92Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:03:35
93Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:03:45
95Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:04:46
96Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 95 - Cell 2
97Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:47
98Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 97 - Cell 2
99Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:54
100Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:55
101Kamil Gradek (Pol) Poland0:06:12
102Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 101 - Cell 2
103Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team EmiratesRow 102 - Cell 2
104Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 104 - Cell 2
106Adam Stachowiak (Pol) PolandRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:06:30
108Anass Ait El Abdia (Mor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 107 - Cell 2
109Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 108 - Cell 2
110Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:08:58
111Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 110 - Cell 2
112Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 111 - Cell 2
113Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 112 - Cell 2
114Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 113 - Cell 2
115Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-DrapacRow 115 - Cell 2
117Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:07
118Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 117 - Cell 2
119Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 118 - Cell 2
120Pawel Franczak (Pol) Poland0:12:27
121Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 121 - Cell 2
123Pawel Bernas (Pol) PolandRow 122 - Cell 2
124Rob Power (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 123 - Cell 2
125Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 124 - Cell 2
126Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:14:25
128Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:27
129Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 129 - Cell 2
131Frantisek Sisr (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 130 - Cell 2
132Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 131 - Cell 2
133Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-HansgroheRow 132 - Cell 2
134Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:17:50
135Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 134 - Cell 2
136Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:17:56
137Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 137 - Cell 2
139Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 138 - Cell 2
140Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 139 - Cell 2
141Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJRow 140 - Cell 2
142Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 141 - Cell 2
143Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:18:50
144Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 143 - Cell 2
145Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:18:55
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 145 - Cell 2
DNSAlan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 146 - Cell 2
DNSSébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFMaximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 148 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky20pts
2Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott19Row 1 - Cell 3
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates17Row 3 - Cell 3
5Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida15Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team14Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team13Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky11Row 9 - Cell 3
11Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team10Row 10 - Cell 3
12Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data9Row 11 - Cell 3
13Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Poland8Row 12 - Cell 3
14Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky7Row 13 - Cell 3
15Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates1Row 19 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Rzeszów, 108.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team3pts
2Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Gmina Lubenia, 71.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal3pts
2Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Gmina Lubenia, 79.7km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Lany, 96.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Lany, 119.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team5pts
2Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe18:41:27
2Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:14
3Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:20
4Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:24
5Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:00:31
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:32
7Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:33
8Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:39
10Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:42
12Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:44
13Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:47
14Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:01:02
17Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:01:05
18Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:10
19Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:01:14
20Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:50
21Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott0:01:58
22Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:22
23Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:41
24Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:02:43
25François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:52
26Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:59
29Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:03:14
30Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:18
31Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:21
32Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:03:23
33Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:04:00
34Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:08
35Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:04:09
36Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:22
37Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:04:25
38Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Poland0:04:41
39Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:48
40Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Poland0:05:39
41Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:05:40
42Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:50
43Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:08
44Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 43 - Cell 2
45David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:06:12
46Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Poland0:06:24
47Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal0:06:59
48Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:07:23
49Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:07:38
50Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:08:02
51Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:09:01
52Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:09:36
53Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 52 - Cell 2
54Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 53 - Cell 2
55Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:10:34
56Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:10:43
57Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team0:10:53
58Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:10:59
59Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team EmiratesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:11:02