Stage six of the Tour of Poland cancelled due to extreme weather

Sun 17 Jul 2016

The challenging weather conditions continued at the Tour of Poland subsequently causing the race organisers to make the hard decision to cancel stage six of the WorldTour race.

The previous stage saw riders struggling with the torrential rain and cold conditions with many riders abandoning and huge time gaps at the finish of the 225km stage.

Unfortunately the weather didn't ease and this morning the jury shortened the five lap stage, originally down to four laps then three, then finally just minutes before the start they decided to race just two laps, 67kilometres.

The riders began racing, but with poor visibility and narrow, muddy roads the conditions proved too difficult to race properly. Between themselves the riders discussed the conditions and communicated this to the jury throughout the first lap. 

Eventually they came to an agreement to cancel the entire stage after one lap, a difficult decision for the race organisers but a well respected choice amongst the peloton.

Sport director Dave McPartland was initially shocked by the stage cancellation but agreed it was a safe and sensible decision.

"We had a Simon Yates and Jack Haig who could have gone well on a course like today so it was initially disappointing but I think the race organisation made a good decision and actually listened to the riders," said McPartland.

"It was a unified decision which was really great to see. We feel sorry for the organisers because they have put a lot into this race so it's disappointing for them, but they have been able to make a hard decision and put the riders safety first which they should be congratulated for."

The general classification remains the same as yesterday, with no changes after today going into tomorrow's final time trial stage. 

"Tomorrow is exactly the same, we have a good chance with Svein Tuft tomorrow, he's a hitter in the time trial, actually all three of the guys will have a good hit out and hopefully the weather conditions will be better."

General classification ahead of tomorrows final stage:

1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) 23:16:53
2. David Formolo (Cannondale) +4:05
3. Tiesj Benoot  (Lotto-Soudal) +4:50
20. Simon Yates (ORICA-BikeExchange) +13:00