Less difficult than the previous day, the 4th period of Tour of Polanddisputed between Lesko and Sanok (179.4 kilometers) saw the victory in the sprint of Pascal Ackerman (UAE Team Emirates), this Tuesday. The former German champion crossed the finish line first Jordi Meeus (BORA-Hansgrohe). Jonathan Milano (Bahrain-Victorious) completed the podium for the day. Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials) and Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) consecutively finished 4th and 5th on the stage. France Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) got the 8th place. Great fear on the other hand for Sergio Higuita (BORA-Hansgrohe). Victim of a fall two kilometers from the finish, the Colombian rider still managed to keep his leader’s tunic thanks to the rule of the last three kilometers. But it’s hot…
Video – The 4th stage Pascal Ackermann, Sergio Higuita remains the leader
Five riders on the breakaway, Würtz Schmidt is best placed!
After the first explanation between the cadors, the previous day, it is still necessary to have good legs to go through the three climbs listed, including those of Leszczawa (4.6 km of 5%) placed less than 30 kilometers from the finish. But before attending the result of this 4th stage of Tour of Poland, contested between Lesko and Sanok (179.4 kilometers), many riders tried to make a breakaway during the day. They are finally five men in front: Kamil Malecki (Lotto Soudal), Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates), Nan Peters (AG2R Citroën Team), Anders Skaarseth (UNO-X Pro Cycling Team) and Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Israel-First Tech).
The latter is the best placed rider in the general classification as the Dane is 50 seconds from the yellow jersey, Sergio Higuita (BORA-Hansgrohe). The five main people quickly left. on 110 kilometers from the finish, they were nearly four minutes ahead of the peloton led by the leader’s formation. The gap remains stable for kilometers. Before the second rising of the sun – the rising of Hotel Arlamów (1.7 km at 6.5%) – the leading group has a three-minute lead. In the backthe peloton will not force a breakaway return.
Kolarze pokonali poÅ‚owÄ™ dysstansu. ðŸ”¥
The riders completed half the distance. ðŸ”¥
– Tour of Poland (@Tour_de_Poland) August 2, 2022
The peloton accelerated, Ackermann won the 4th stage, scared Higuita!
The gap is still the same before entering the last 40 kilometers. Three formations – INEOS Grenadiers, Bahrain-Victory and EF Education – EasyPost – lead the chase, while the leading riders start the last climb of the day, the sa Leszczawa (4.6km at 5%). The group Quick Step Alpha Vinyl Team decided to set the pace at the head of the peloton to try to eliminate as many sprinters as possible. The gap continues to fall. TRAINING Bahrain-Victory delivered a vice shot on an unlisted climb, proving the peloton’s acceleration. Other runners can’t catch up.
Some hang like a sprinter Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) who has raised his arms to Tour of Poland. They’ve only been three in front since Kamil Malecki (Lotto Soudal) and Nan Peters (AG2R Citroën Team) was taken. Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) took advantage of the opportunity to attack. But the two riders could not make the junction and the peloton got closer before the start money time. Cavagna and Teunissen continued 5 kilometers from Sanok. Then the peloton returned to the last three survivors of the breakaway. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) started a solitary adventure, but without success. In the sprint, Pascal Ackerman (UAE Team Emirates) won after a big crash in the final. An incident involving the leader Sergio Higuita still hiding his jersey.
Pascal Ackermann wins the fourth stage of the Tour of Poland after a winding sprint!
Victim of a fall in the last three kilometers, Sergio Higuita remains the overall leader.#theVELOteam #ToP22 pic.twitter.com/rp6bRaYZt5
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