Victory and yellow jersey for Gaviria in Tour de Pologne

Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step) claimed his second win on the WorldTour on stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne. After an excellent lead-out from his teammates, he launched a long sprint and narrowly held off Elia Viviani (Sky) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) in a photo finish to take both the victory and the overall lead.

After the surprise in the first stage, the sprinters were  expected to get there revenge in stage two which brought the riders over 153km from Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice. After a flat start, the stage ended with five laps of a 14.7km circuit. It had two small climbs, one of them summiting just one kilometre from the finish, but history showed that the stage has often been decided in a very fast downhill sprint.

Race leader Davide Martinelli brought Niolas Maes and Gaviria forward in the last kilometer and then the Belgian did the lead-out. Ewan was quick to latch onto the Colombian’s wheel.

Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) launched a long sprint which forced Gaviria to react immediately. The Colombian easily distanced the German before Ewan tried to come around. Viviani came from further back and it came down to a close photo finish between the trio, with no one celebrating the win. In the end, Gaviria had crossed the line in first position, followed by Viviani and Ewan.

With the win, Gaviria takes the leader’s jersey with a 6-second advantage over his teammate Martinelli. Things will get much harder I tomorrow’s very long 240km third stage. After a flat start, the riders will tackle a category and two category 2 climbs in quick succession, the final top coming with 23.4km to go. From there, they will descent to the finish where they will end the race by doing three laps of a flat 7.4km circuit.

Tour de Pologne – stage 2 results (Tarnowskie Góry – Katowice):

1 Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step)

3:19:30

2 Elia Viviani (Sky)

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3 Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange)

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4 Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data)

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5 Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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6 Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)

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7 Heinrich Haussler (IAM)

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8 Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin)

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9 Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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10 Kamil Zielinski (Polish National Team)

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General classification after stage 2:

1 Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step)

6:20:24

2 Davide Martinelli (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+06”

3 Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange)

+08”

4 Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida)

+14”

5 Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+16”

6 Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin)

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7 Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)

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8 Lorenzo Manzin (FDJ)

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9 Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)

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10 Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

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