Sivakov seals Tour of Poland victory

09 Aug 2019

Sivakov seals Tour of Poland victory

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Tour de Pologne - Stage seven: Bukovina Resort › Bukowina Tatrzańska, 153.3km

Pavel Sivakov put the finishing touches to an impressive overall victory at the Tour de Pologne.

The Team INEOS rider enjoyed great support from his teammates on an undulating final stage on the roads around the Bukowina resort.

Finishing in an elite group of GC contenders, Sivakov held on to a slender two-second margin, which proved enough to claim his second professional stage race win, and first at WorldTour level.

Tao Geoghegan Hart was active in the closing stages, working hard to enliven the final with an acceleration that helped distanced the overnight yellow jersey holder, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma).

After securing a pair of bonus seconds late on Geoghegan Hart secured fifth overall, and embraced teammate Sivakov after crossing the line together.

A well executed final-day plan saw Michal Golas head up the road early in a 14-man break. The Pole was able to slot in and ride hard once the GC group forged clear. Salvatore Puccio also got through a lot of work to keep the tempo high, with Sivakov covering late attacks to make sure of the win.

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida) had pushed clear to claim a strong solo stage win, with late attackers ensuring that time bonuses were removed from the equation at the finish.

Back to back overall victories and the team prize in Poland capped off a race of mixed emotions, with the thoughts of the team still with the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg Lambrecht.

- Gabriel Rasch

"It's a big win for Pavel. He's going to be super happy!

"The first five days were stages where you had to just get to the finish without losing time. Plus we were able to have a go at the sprints with Swifty. Then these last two stages were completely GC focused. They were really hard but good stages for us.

"We had three great cards we could play with Ben, Tao and Pavel. Yesterday was a bit random really as to who would get into the group out of Pavel and Tao. In the end it was Pavel who got up there. Tao certainly had the legs to be up there fighting for the win too. It's been a really good race for those two and it's fantastic to win with a young guy like Pavel."

Stage seven result:

1. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida) 4:04:42
2. Neilson Powless (Jumbo-Visma) +55"
3. Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) +1:07"
4. Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott) +1:19"
5. Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) +1:32"
15. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +2:15"

Overall standings:

1. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) 26:20:58
2. Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb) +2"
3. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) +12"
4. Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) +14"
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) s.t.