After two runners’ rounds, today’s punch got up with a sparkle in their eyes in Poland.
After a long, flat run of 200 km, the race broke out in the third of four heights of the final. Mauri Vansevenant and Davide Formolo both tried to anticipate this, but didn’t get much space.
Emirates and Ineos kept things closed after that until the last steep ascent at Barzemsil. Mike Teunissen was the first to throw his racket into the chicken coop, but the Dutchman was caught again under the rag.
In the end, one-year-old Sergio Higuita was the best at timing his last shot. The Colombian Bora champion then kept everyone clean in the last straight streak.
Quentin Hermans also climbed well with the big boys, becoming third. This is also his new place in the general classification, 6 seconds ahead of new leader Higuita.
Quentin Hermanns could live in third place then. “The last climb was really brutal,” he said after the end, “it reminds me a bit of Hoy Sour.”
“Last season I tried to attack at the beginning of the climb, but that didn’t work. So I changed tactics now and decided to wait and run with the rest.”
“I knew I had to press everything before the last corner to be able to run for the win, but it didn’t work out. If I can, I will definitely try again in the next few days. We already have a winning ride here, but keep going.”
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