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Press Releases | 03.08.2022

Crash-marred sprint finale sees Ryan Mullen take eighth and Sergio Higuita remain in yellow at the Tour of Poland

The fifth stage with its numerous ascents and 176 kilometres had a similar profile as yesterday, but the finale in Rzeszów was flat. Stronger sprinters would have a chance today, but as the last climb was only 10 km from the finish, a small group could also manage to go clear and take the victory. An early breakaway, which included Shane Archbold, led the race for a long time, yet the peloton kept the situation under control and the last of the escapees were eventually reeled back ahead of what ended up being a hectic finale. The final kilometre saw a mass crash at a corner and as a result only a few riders were able to go on to sprint for the win. Ryan Mullen was the best-placed BORA-hansgrohe rider, having finished in eighth place. Sergio Higuita was given the same time as the day's winner P. Bauhaus and heads into tomorrow's stage in the yellow jersey. 

01 P. Bauhaus     4:16:19
02 A. Démare         +0:00
03 N. Arndt            +0:00  
08 R. Mullen          +0:00

From the Finish Line

"I recovered well after my crash yesterday and under the circumstances I was feeling pretty good today. So we're on a good path here in Poland. I'm looking forward to the time trial tomorrow with confidence." - Sergio Higuita

"The plan was to ride for Sam today. Ahead of the finale, we were in a perfect position, but some riders in front of us hit the deck, which caused a big crash in the field. Somehow I managed to avoid the crash, using up one of my nine lives so to speak, and then tried to ride for the best result under the circumstances. But it's a shame that we weren't able to contest the sprint with Sam in the end. On the other hand, we did manage to defend the yellow jersey, which is definitely a success with two stages ahead of us" - Ryan Mullen

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