Ewan recovers for 16th on stage three in Poland

Tue 4 Aug 2015

After Caleb Ewan’s nasty crash yesterday, the work of ORICA-GreenEDGE on stage three of the Tour de Pologne was pleasing to see, a sign the 21-year-old neo-pro was feeling good enough to contest for other stage opportunity.

The Australian outfit committed the ever-reliable Christian Meier to much of the team’s work throughout the day before the whole team pitched in for the closing stages on the finishing circuits in Katowice.

Ewan was amongst the action in the finale but was boxed in the middle, never really opening up his sprint to finish 16th. Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) took his second consecutive victory.

“Caleb felt OK and he didn’t have any significant problems so the guys were definitely keen to have another shot at it,” sport director Matt Wilson said.

“We had a plan going in not to really commit a full lead out in the final because it was downhill and really hard to do.

“We tried something different. We tried to sit back behind but unfortunately the guys lost each other on the climb so it didn’t really work out.”

How it unfolded:

Following the pattern of its precursors, stage three of the Tour of Poland began with an early breakaway, which was down to four riders by the time it hit the local finishing circuits.

Today’s finish in Katowice featured four 14.7km laps.

Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland), Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi – Polkowice), Matej Mohoric (Cannondale Garmin) and Ian Boswell (Team Sky) entered the circuit ahead of the peloton and maintained an advantage of around one minute.

Bialoblocki tried a solo attack as the gap reduced to 30seconds but despite the effort racing came back together, largely thanks to the efforts of Damien Howson, Meier and Ivan Santaromita, and set for another sprint with four kilometres to go.

An uphill kick just ahead of the final sprint upset most trains in what became a messy final. Thankfully, unlike yesterday, it was without incident but it did provide the same winner in Pelucchi.