Tour de Pologne – Ackermann la 4e étape, Higuita chute mais reste leader

Tour de Pologne - Ackermann la 4e étape, Higuita chute mais reste leader

Less difficult than the day before, the 4th stage of the tour of polanddisputed between Lesko and Sanok (179.4 kilometres) saw victory in the sprint of Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates), this Tuesday. The former German champion is ahead of the finish line Jordi Meeus (BORA-Hansgrohe). jonathan milano (Bahrain-Victorious) completes the podium of the day. Quinten Hermans (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials) and Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) finished respectively fourth and fifth in the stage. The French Quentin Patcher (Groupama-FDJ) ranked eighth. Big scare on the other hand for sergio higuita (BORA-Hansgrohe). Victim of a fall two kilometers from the finish line, the Colombian runner still manages to maintain his leadership robe thanks to the rule of the last three kilometers. But he was hot…

Video – Stage 4 Pascal Ackermann, Sergio Higuita remains in the lead

Five horsemen on the run, Würtz Schmidt in the best position!

After the first explanation among the cadores, the day before, you still had to have good legs to be able to pass the three climbs listed, including the one on the Leszczawa (4.6 km at 5%) located less than 30 kilometers from the finish line. But before attending the outcome of this 4th stage of the tour of poland, disputed between Lesko and Sanok (179.4 kilometers), several riders tried to form the break of the day. They are finally five men in front: Kamil Maleckie (Lotto Soudal), Rui Oliveira (United Arab Emirates team), nans peters (AG2R Citroën Team), anders skaarseth (UNO-X professional cycling team) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel-First technology).

The latter is the best placed rider in the general classification since the Dane was 50 seconds behind the yellow jersey, sergio higuita (BORA-Hansgrohe). The five protagonists quickly take off. A With 110 kilometers to go, they are almost four minutes ahead of the peloton led by the leader’s formation. The slope remains stable over the kilometers. Before the second ascent of the day – the ascent of the Arlamow Hotel (1.7km at 6.5%) – the leading group still has a three-minute lead. In the backthe peloton does not force to overcome the escape.

The peloton accelerates, Ackermann wins the 4th stage, a scare for Higuita!

The slope remains the same before entering the last 40 kilometers. Three formations – INEOS grenadiers, Bahrain-Victorious Y EF Education – EasyPost – lead the chase, while the first ones undertake the last climb of the day, that of the Leszczawa (4.6 km at 5%). The team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team He decides to set the pace at the head of the pack to try to eliminate as many sprinters as possible. The gap continues to fall. The formation Bahrain-Victorious He throws a vice shot on an uncatalogued climb, which confirms the acceleration of the peloton. Some runners can no longer keep up.

Others endure like the sprinter Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) who has already raised his arms in the tour of poland. It’s only three in the front since Kamil Maleckie (Lotto Soudal) and nans peters (AG2R Citroën Team) were acquired. Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and mike teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) took the opportunity to go on the attack. But the two runners do not make the crossing and the peloton approaches before starting the money time. Cavagna Y Teunissen they resume 5 kilometers from Sanok. The platoon then returns to the last three survivors of the breakout. Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) embarks on a lonely adventure, but to no avail. in the sprint, Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) wins after a big crash in the final. An incident involving the leader sergio higuita He still has his shirt on.

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