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Tour de Pologne 2019: Stage 6

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As we join the racing, the peloton is on the climb of the day yet again, with 83km left to race.

The riders face five 29km laps. 

Each one includes the steep climb up to Pitoniówka, with the Gubałówka climbved once in the finale before the descent to the finish in Kościelisko

The stages is likely to be vital in shaping the final overall classification along with Friday's 153km final stage to Bukowina Tatrzańska.

80km remaining from 155km

There are four riders away. 

They are Marczynski, Geschke, Bouchard and Vakoc.

75km remaining from 155km

There is a fake Didi the Devil on the climb but the riders ignore him.

Nikita Stalnov (Astana) is leading Ineos at the front of  the peloton. Astana are no-doubt riding for Miguel Angel Lopez and/or Dario Cataldo. 

Marczynski is flying the flag for Lotto Soudal as they look to win a stage to remember Bjorg Lambrecht, who tragically died after crashing during stage 3.

On Wednesday evening, Lotto Soudal team doctor Maarten Meirhaeghe released information regarding the cause of Bjorg Lambrecht's death.

68km remaining from 155km

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), Simon Geschke (CCC Team), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck-QuickStep) are all strong riders but we can expect the race to explode on the final climb.

The riders are heading to the finish line yet again, enjoying the cooling effect of the air. It's another hot day in the saddle in the Polish summer.

Our man on the ground in Poland Alasdair Fotheringham has again reconned the finish, pointing  out there is nasty little 150-200 metre kick-up to finish after very fast descent off last climb.

61km remaining from 155km

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As the first kick-up ends, riders in the break grab bidons. 

Jumbo are now on the front and setting the pace. The gap is down to 1:35.

The peloton has split due to the speed set by Jumbo on the front.

48km remaining from 155km

The road is a single lane now as it winds up the climb. 

There are just 30 or so riders in the peloton. 

The neutral service car and moto are waved past the break. They must now know they will soon be pulled back.

As the gradient kicks in, the break explodes.

Simon Geschke (CCC Team) pushes on alone but the peloton can see him. 

43km remaining from 155km

But the longer climb of the circuit hurts and the peloton eventually catches the break. 

40km remaining from 155km

There are three groups spread down the road.

On the fast descent there are ten or so riders up front.

With other smaller groups chasing hard. 

The riders are touching 70km/h on the fast descent.

Tao Geoghegan Hart is in the front  group and nudges along the speed.  15 or so riders have come together now. 

Majka is there for Bora and other overall contenders. 

But they have yet to commit to riding all out to stay away. 

Yet this seems to be the selection. Their team cars are behind them, meaning there is no real chase group behind.  

The riders will soon hit the first of the three final climbs that will decide the stage.

27km remaining from 155km

Tsgabu Grmay is now on the attack from the front group for Mitchelton-Scott. The Ethiopian rider has a small gap on the field as the race heads down a decent.

22km remaining from 155km

Team Ineos' Ben Swift has jumped away from the group and is trying to bridge to Grmay.

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Tao Geoghegan Hart, Davide Formolo, Pavel Sivakov and Rafal Majka are all present in the front group

There's currently not much cooperation among the chasers. Advantage Swift!

13km remaining from 155km

Team Sunweb's Jai Hindley attacks and is marked by Sivakov. Pozzovivo gives a dig, but nothing, it seems, is going to drop these two Team Ineos riders

Mikel Nieve goes next, with a similar result.

10km remaining from 155km

There's one climb remaining, and Swift's move has put Team Ineos in prime position

The final climb is 4.5km. Swift has 17 seconds on the chasing trio and just a fraction more to the reduced peloton.

A quartet of riders – Jumbo, Sunweb, James Knox (Deceuninck-QuikcStep) and Sivakov – are closing in on the leader

6km remaining from 155km

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Knox has past Swift on the road, but they're no longer racing for a podium spot back there.

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Sivakov takes over the front as they crest the climb and power over a flat section

3km remaining from 155km

Formolo has come back to the chase group and has gone to the front for Majka to power the chase. This isn't over yet, folks!

1km remaining from 155km

Hindley attacks with 1.5km t go. He's got a gap, but Sivakov is closing and has made contact. The trio is together

Vingegaard attacks and gets the win!

As Hindley led the group, Vingegaard attacked from the third position and opened a gap. Sivakov tried to close it down but could not get back on terms, beat into second by the Dane.

Vingegaard's effort lifts him into the overall lead by four seconds over Sivakov and six seconds over Hindley.

Behind the lead trio, EF Education First's Sergio Higuita finished fourth, eight seconds later. Majka, Latour, Formolo, Geogheagn Hart, Hamilton and Ulissi all finished two seconds further back.

In case you missed the news earlier today, Mark Cavendish abandoned the Tour de Pologne today, saying he wants to prepare for the European championships. Alasdair Fotheringham has the story HERE.

Tour de Pologne stage 6 top 10

Did you hear that Vincenzo Nibali signed a two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo? Read more about it HERE

Speaking of transfer news, Movistar have signed Enric Mas from Deceuninck-QuickStep and named the young Spaniard their new Grand Tour GC rider. Read more HERE

In an important story, former Pro Jani Brakjovic has posted a blog on his personal website about the eating disorders that plagued his days on the bike and those of many of his teammates throughout the years. Read more HERE

Friday's final sateg at the 2019 Tour de Pologne will take the peloton on another day through the mountains, beginning at the Bukovina Resort and concluding in Bukowina Tatrzańska 153.3km later

If you've been wondering what 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal has been up to since making history as the first Colombian winner of the Grand Boucle, we've got you covered. 

 

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