Wellens reigns in the rain to claim the yellow jersey in Tour de Pologne

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) made light of the soaking conditions to comprehensively win a gruelling 225km mountain stage from Wieliczka to Zakopane.

As the heavens opened Wellens tore away from the rest of the field and eventually win by by three minutes and 48 seconds from Italy’s David Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac). Wellens’ fellow countryman and team-mate Tiesj Benoot came in third, a further 50 seconds back.

The 25-year-old now leads the Tour by over four minutes from Formolo, in second, and Benoot third.

Sunday’s penultimate stage is another mountainous route over five 38.9 km laps in Bukowina, and Wellens admitted the riders face a tough day with more bad weather forecast.

“I’ve never won with a 4 minute advantage before, so it’s pretty special,” he said. “Yes, tomorrow: they say it’s going to be much harder than today so I think everybody will suffer.

“I don’t know how many riders are still in the race but I think everybody suffered today and they say that tomorrow there will be a lot of rain again.

“Normally I like the rain, I like to race in it but today was really cold so, we will see how it is tomorrow; but I have a good advantage and we have a good team and we will do our best to keep the lead.”

Tour de Pologne 2016 – stage 5 results (Wieliczka – Zakopane):

1 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

5:57:22

2 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

+03’48”

3 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

+04’37”

4 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)

+04’38”

5 Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac)

+04’49”

6 Lawrence Warbasse (IAM)

+05’12”

7 Andrey Zeits (Astana)

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8 Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)

+05’27”

9 Matvey Mamykin (Katusha)

+05’32”

10 Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)

+05’59”

 

General classification after stage 5:

1 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

23:16:53

2 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

+04’05”

3 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

+04’50”

4 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)

+05’04”

5 Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac)

+05’12”

6 Andrey Zeits (Astana)

+05’29”

7 Lawrence Warbasse (IAM)

+05’38”

8 Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)

+05’44”

9 Dario Cataldo (Astana)

+06’16”

10 Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)

+06’25”

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