Arnaud Demare has reached the seventh stage in the Tour of Poland won. In a ride of 178 kilometers he was eventually the fastest in a bunch sprint. He put the other sprinters well behind, including Olav Kooij, who also drove a good sprint and crossed the line in second.
Despite the fact that the second part of the stage was mostly flat, the battle for the leading group in the opening phase was still quite fierce. Several riders who tried were caught early. After fourteen kilometers of racing, the right group left. Julius Johansen (Intermarché), Alessandro de Marchi (Israel), Jarrad Drizners (Lotto Soudal) and Syver Wærsted (Uno-X) were with us.
Quartet gets a hole, duo wants to go there anyway
With four hills – two of which categorized – in the first fifty kilometers, the leading group did not get away very easily. Patryck Stosz of the Polish selection went on the counter offensive and got Felix Gall of AG2R with him. The peloton hadn’t gotten far yet. When the two realized that they were not going to close the hole, they waited. Peace returned to the suit, so that the leading group of four had flown.
After the difficult opening phase, the race had a 4.30 minute lead on the peloton after sixty kilometers. Slowly but surely, the main force began to draw the escapees closer. Wærsted released first, and with thirty kilometers to go, the three remaining leaders had a one-minute lead. A bunch sprint seemed inevitable, though the trio kept fighting hard to stay ahead.
De Marchi remains the longest, sprint inevitable
Johansen and Drizners, however, were completely jaded by the strong De Marchi. The Israeli from Israel saw that he was the best and mounted an attack with 21 kilometers to go. The other two were released immediately and were overtaken by the peloton not much later. De Marchi only had a half minute lead in the last twenty kilometers. With ten kilometers to go, Nans Peters (AG2R) blasted towards him, but the duo was caught with four kilometers to go.
A late failure of a Uno-X rider was also neutralized by the peloton, where the trains were well positioned in the final kilometres. Jumbo-Visma was far in front and checked the group with two kilometers to go. Pascal Ackermann and Olav Kooij started early with more than two hundred meters to go, but Arnaud Démare got over it with mighty strokes. The Frenchman of Groupama-FDJ took the victory in the final stage of the Tour of Poland.
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Result stage 7 Tour of Poland 2022
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