Rafal Majka seals Tour of Poland win after final stage time trial

Kristoff Vandewalle wins final stage in Krakow

Rafal Majka on stage seven of the 2014 Tour of Poland
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Rafal Majka sealed the overall victory at the Tour of Poland after the short time trial on the final stage in Krakow.

Kristof Vandewalle won the 25km time trial stage from Adriano Molari and Britain's Steve Cummings in third.

After winning the two previous stages Majka still had work to do today to hold off the Movistar pair Benat Intxausti and Jon Izaguirre who were only 18 and 22 seconds behind, respectively.

Majka, now known for his climbing having won the King of the Mountains jersey at the Tour de France, managed to limit his losses and finish 13th in the time trial to take the overall win by just eight seconds.

Majka becomes the first Polish rider to win his home tour in eleven years when Cezary Zamana in 2003. Omega Pharma's young neo-pro Petr Vakoc, who held the yellow jersey earlier in the race, held on for a top ten finish.

RESULT

2014 Tour of Poland stage seven

1. Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 29-18

2. Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar +0:03

3. Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC +0:10

4. Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC +0:20

5. Gorka Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar +0:22

6. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky +0:28

7. Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar +0:29

8. Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing +0:34

9. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale +0:38

10. Michael Matthews (Aus) OricaGreenEdge +0:38

Final overall classification

1. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 30:16:18

2. Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar +0:08

3. Benat Intxausti (Esp) Movistar +0:22

4. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale +0:34

5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida +1:20

6. Andrey Amador (Crc) Movistar +1:21

7. Philip Deignan (Ire) Sky +1:24

8. Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin +1:41

9. Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC +1:42

10. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step +1:49

Tour of Poland - Stage 7

Jurgen Vandewalle on stage seven of the 2014 Tour of Poland

(Image credit: Ilario Biondi)

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