ORICA-GreenEDGE work hard, Ewan wins bunch kick for fourthWed 5 Aug 2015
ORICA-GreenEDGE worked hard on stage four of the Tour de Pologne, trying to force what could be the last sprint opportunity for neo-pro sprinter Caleb Ewan.
The Australian outfit committed men to the chase of a trio of riders ahead but, losing previous day’s allies Giant-Alpecin when their sprinter and race leader Marcel Kittel lost touch on the climbs, fell short by 20seconds.
Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff –Saxo) won from the three-man break that established early in the day and rode out to over 11minutes advantage. Ewan won the bunch sprint for fourth place.
How it unfolded:
For the first time in the 2015 Tour de Pologne the peloton relaxed and allowed a breakaway of three riders to gain a substantial advantage.
Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff –Saxo), Gatis Smukulis (Team Katusha) and Kamil Zielinski (Poland) rode out to an 11:20sec after 75km of racing.
The long 220km stage seem to add to the contentment of the peloton with just a small group ahead, but as sprinters began to lose touch with the bunch, there were few willing to commit to the chase.
Amongst the most notable off the back was Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) – stage one winner and race leader.
With 50km to race, the advantage had come down but the trio still had six minutes lead. With 25km to go it was three minutes and evident the chase was going to be close.
Into the last five kilometres the gap continued to shrink every 500m, but in the end it fell 20seconds short and the efforts, particularly of ORICA-GreenEDGE, went unrewarded.