Stage two of the Tour of Poland concluded with another bunch sprint finish, unfortunately for ORICA-SCOTT today young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan found himself caught out with no clear pathway to really contest the sprint.
The Giro d’Italia stage winner jumped from the wheel of teammate and lead-out man Luka Mezgec with around two kilometres to go and had to battle through the group as riders surged from behind creating a huge bunched up sprint.
Ewan eventually finished the stage in 21st place as Sacha Modolo (UAE Emirates) stole the day's victory.
Sport director Dave McPartland was disappointed with the result but acknowledged that sprinting is sometimes like this and that it came down to a miscommunication between the team out on the road.
“We messed up today, we had a bit of miscommunication in the final and that cost us,” explained McPartland. “We also missed a couple of guys in the final that could have made a difference but sometimes that’s just sprinting, it can be a bit of a lottery.”
|1||Sacha Modolo (ITA) - UAE-Emirates||3:15:21|
|2||Danny van Poppel (NED) - Team Sky|
|3||Maximilian Walscheid (GER) - Team Sunweb|
|4||Boy van Poppel (NED) - Trek-Segafredo|
|5||Youcef Reguigui (ALG) - Dimension Data|
|6||Tom Van Asbroeck (NED) - Cannondale-Drapac|
|7||Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida|
|8||Peter Sagan (SVK) - Bora-Hansgrohe|
|9||Riccardo Minali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team|
|10||Nathan Haas (AUS) - Dimension Data|
|21||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||3:15:21|
|37||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||3:15:21|
|55||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-SCOTT||3:15:21|
|104||Robert Power (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||3:15:21|
|105||Ruben Plaza Molina (SPA) - ORICA-SCOTT||3:15:21|
|127||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:01:37|
|152||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:08:49|