Petr Vakoc wins in Poland

Omega Pharma - Quick Step can't stop winning as their young Czech rider takes the victory in Poland

Czech rider Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) claimed a surprise victory in stage two of the Tour of Poland.

The win is the biggest of the 21-year old’s career, and as a bonus he moves into the overall lead on the general classification.

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Vakoc was the lone survivor of a three man break, and managed to hold off the bunch to win by the comfortable margin of 21 seconds.

After the other two escapees (Bartholomew Matysiak (CCC) and Przemyslaw Kasperkiew (Poland)) had been reeled in, there was a strange lack of urgency in the peloton to catch Vakoc, and with ten kilometres to go he still had a substantial two and a half minute buffer.
The peloton only really sped up in the final few kilometres, but their effort proved to be too little too late

Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) won the sprint for second ahead of Boris Vallee (Lotto-Belisol), and, tellingly, celebrated as he crossed the line as if he had won the stage. Evidently the Australian had not realised that one rider remained clear, which – if other riders were under the same false impression – may explain why the peloton were taking the run-in so casually.

Vakoc made his race winning move shortly after the three-man break reached Warsaw for the first time today, and managed to stay clear from his two breakaway companions.
It was not all plane sailing for Vakoc, however, who had apparently been stung by a bee early in the day.

The weather was nothing like as treacherous as yesterday, but remained volatile, with the peloton experiencing everything from rainfall to sunshine on the road.
The flat route meant that the GC riders were quiet, but Britain’s Ben Swift and Josh Edmondson (Sky) both finished adrift of the peloton, 3-38 and 4-18 down respectively.

Tour of Poland 2014, stage 2: Torun to Waraw , 234km
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 05-23-54
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0-21
3. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
4. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Giant-Shimano
5. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2r
6. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
7. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
9. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
10. Tyler Farrar (US) Garmin all st

Overall Classification after stage two
1. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 05-23-54
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Ag2r at 0-27
3. Roman Maikin (Rus) Rusvelo at 0-31
4. Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 0-33
5. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre at st
6. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC at 0-35
7. Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale at st
8. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step at 0-37
9. Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
10. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale all st

Tour of Poland - Stage 2


Tour of Poland - Stage 2