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Press Releases | 02.08.2022

Jordi Meeus sprints to second, Sergio Higuita defends yellow despite crash at the Tour de Pologne

The fourth 179 km long stage between Lesko and Sanok featured numerous short climbs before coming to a conclusion with a short ramp to the finish. The break formed after about 30km, yet the peloton, led interchangeably by BORA - hansgrohe, didn't let them escape too far beyond its control. The last of the escapees, as well as some late attacks, were all reeled back three kilometres ahead of the finish. At around one and a half kilometres remaining, there was a crash in the peloton involving Sergio Higuita. After an attack by Z. Stybar was thwarted on the finishing straight, a sprint from a group of about 60 riders decided the day's win in Sanok. Jordi Meeus launched his sprint from behind, was able to overtake several riders on the finishing passage, and eventually crossed the line in second place, behind the day's winner P. Ackermann. Despite his injuries, Sergio was able to get back on his bike and as he was given the same time as the stage winner, he was able to defend his yellow jersey. Examinations by the team doctor confirmed that he fortunately did not suffer serious injuries.

 

Results

01 P. Ackermann          4:21:46

02 J. Meeus                      +0:00

03 J. Milan                        +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

"After the crash, the race was super fast to the finale. It was quite a chaotic sprint, and also quite a hard one with the ramp up to the finish. I felt good when I launched my sprint, and was able to overtake quite a few riders on the finishing straight. In the end, I managed to take second behind Ackermann. Of course I would have preferred to take the win, but there can only be one winner."- Jordi Meeus

"A rider in front of me crashed and everyone had to brake quickly. I also had to brake in that moment and lost control of the bike, and I hit the deck. It's super bad luck, and it's never nice to crash, especially in the leader's jersey. But I was able to get back on the bike and finish the stage, and I'm still in the yellow jersey. Now I've just got to focus on recovery ahead of tomorrow's stage and see how it goes." - Sergio Higuita

"We went into today's stage with ambitions to defend Sergio's jersey. We were able to control the race well with the help of other teams interchangeably, but the last five kilometers were quite technical with many changes of direction and turns and then the racing became chaotic and Sergio unfortunately crashed. But luckily with the 3km rule he received the same time as the winner and so he was able to defend his jersey. Jordi also of course deserves to be mentioned. He sprinted to second place and was not far off a potential stage win. This again confirms that things are going well for us. So now we have to lick our wounds, so to speak, and see how we go tomorrow. The yellow jersey is still in our ranks and that’s of course always a positive thing." - Rolf Aldag, Sports Director

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