Wellens seals Tour de Pologne overall victory as Dowsett wins the final stage

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) took his first WorldTour win since the 2013 Giro d’Italia with a dominant ride on the flat 25km course that was used for the final stage of the Tour de Pologne.

The Brit was 22 seconds faster than teammate Jonathan Castroviejo in a 1-2 for Movistar and 39 seconds faster than Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) in third. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) rode safely to take 14th and secure the overall.

The fight for the other podium place was much closer and unsurprisingly Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) was the big winner. Being the only real specialist in the top 5, he posted the sixth fastest time and so finished second overall, 4.22 behind Wellens.

The big surprise was Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac) who had started the stage in fifth overall. The Italian did the time trial of his life to move onto the podium with third place, 4.54 behind Wellens.

The losers were Davide Formolo (Cannondale) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) who are far from being specialists. The pair both lost lots of time and slipped off the podium to fourth and fifth respectively.

The other winner was Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) who jumped from 8th to 6th while Andrey Zeits (Astana) went the opposite way, with Larry Warbasse (IAM) defending seventh place. Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Davide Villella (Cannondale) completed the top 10.

Bettiol won the points competition and Wellens was the best climber. Wellens also won the sprints competition and Lotto Soudal was the best team.

Tour de Pologne 2016 – stage 7 results (Kraków ITT):

1 Alex Dowsett (Movistar)


2 Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar)


3 Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)


4 Ben Hermans (BMC)


5 Victor Campenaerts (LottoNl-Jumbo)


6 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


7 Svein Tuft (Orica-BikeExchange)


8 Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac)


9 Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff)


10 Víctor De La Parte (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)



Final general classification:

1 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)


2 Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


3 Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac)


4 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)


5 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


6 Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)


7 Lawrence Warbasse (IAM)


8 Andrey Zeits (Astana)


9 Dario Cataldo (Astana)


10 Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)