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2014 Tour de Pologne-Tour of Poland (WT)

71st edition: August 3 - August 9

Tour of Poland historical results | 2013 edition | 2015 edition | Start list with back numbers |

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 |

2014 Tour of Poland


Saturday, August 9: 7th and Final Stage, Kraków 25 km individual time trial

Stage 7 photos | Stage 7 map and profile |

Kristof Vandewalle

Kristoff Vandewalle powering to his stage seven win. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: I'll admit it. I doubted Rafal Majka would be able to turn in an individual time trial that would stand up to an assault from Movistar rider Jon Izaguirre. But he did.

Majka was thirteenth today, coming in 43 seconds slower than the stage winner Kristoff Wandewalle, who is the Belgian time trial champion.

Izaguirre rode a fine time trial, coming in fifth today, just 22 seconds behind Vandewalle. But, it left him eight seconds short of final victory.

Rafal Majka is the final winner of the 2014 Tour of Poland

Stage 7 Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 51.195 km/hr

1 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 29min 18sec
2 Adriano Malori Movistar 00' 03''
3 Stephen Cummings BMC 00' 10''
4 Steve Morabito BMC 00' 20''
5 Gorka Izaguirre Movistar 00' 22''
6 Dario Cataldo SKY 00' 28''
7 Jon Izaguirre Movistar 00' 29''
8 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 00' 34''
9 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 00' 38''
10 Michael Matthews Orica-GreenEdge
11 Mateusz Taciak CCC Polsat Polkowice 00' 39''
12 Philip Deignan SKY 00' 42''
13 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 00' 43''
14 Artem Ovechkin RusVelo 00' 46''
15 Benat Intxausti Movistar 00' 47''
16 Nikias Arndt Giant-Shimano 00' 48''
17 Anton Vorobyev Katusha 00' 52''
18 Thomas De Gendt Omega Pharma-Quick Step 00' 53''
19 Cameron Meyer Orica-GreenEdge 00' 54''
20 Timofey Kritskiy RusVelo 00' 55''
21 Andrey Amador  Movistar 00' 56''
22 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant-Shimano 00' 59''
23 Johan Le Bon FDJ
24 Sergei Chernetski Katusha 01' 00''
25 Lasse Hansen Garmin-Sharp 01' 09''
26 Dominik Nerz BMC 01' 12''
27 Hugo Houle Ag2r 01' 18''
28 Branislau Samoilau CCC Polsat Polkowice 01' 21''
29 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 01' 22''
30 Ilnur Zakarin RusVelo 01' 23''
31 Przemysław Niemiec Lampre-Merida
32 Eros Capecchi Movistar
33 Kamil Gradek Poland 01' 24''
34 Vegard Breen Lotto-Belisol 01' 25''
35 Peter Velits BMC 01' 26''
36 Maxime Bouet Ag2r 01' 28''
37 Lawrence Warbasse BMC 01' 30''
38 Paweł Cieślik Poland 01' 31''
39 Enrico Gasparotto Astana 01' 33''
40 Nathan Brown Garmin-Sharp 01' 34''
41 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 01' 35''
42 Sanchez Samuel BMC 01' 38''
43 Rick Flens Belkin 01' 40''
44 Andrey Zeits Astana
45 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Sharp 01' 41''
46 Edvald Boasson Hagen  SKY
47 Robert Gesink Belkin 01' 44''
48 Bart De Clercq Lotto-Belisol 01' 45''
49 Ivan Balykin RusVelo 01' 46''
50 Georg Preidler Giant-Shimano
51 Pawel Poljański Tinkoff-Saxo 01' 47''
52 Christophe Kern Europcar 01' 50''
53 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma-Quick Step 01' 51''
54 Marek Rutkiewicz CCC Polsat Polkowice
55 Jack Bobridge Belkin 01' 52''
56 Kanstantsin Siutsou SKY 01' 53''
57 Davide Formolo Cannondale 01' 54''
58 Eduard Vorganov Katusha 01' 55''
59 Caleb Fairly Garmin-Sharp
60 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ 01' 58''
61 Tomasz Marczyński CCC Polsat Polkowice 02' 00''
62 Sergey Lagutin RusVelo 02' 01''
63 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice
64 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-Quick Step 02' 02''
65 Pim Ligthart Lotto-Belisol 02' 03''
66 Andrey Solomennikov RusVelo
67 Nicki Sorensen Tinkoff-Saxo 02' 04''
68 Moreno Moser Cannondale 02' 07''
69 Matthias Krizek Cannondale 02' 08''
70 Murilo Fischer FDJ 02' 09''
71 Thierry Hupond Giant-Shimano 02' 10''
72 Maxim Belkov Katusha
73 Paul Martens Belkin 02' 12''
74 Warren Barguil Giant-Shimano 02' 13''
75 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Belisol 02' 15''
76 Jimmy Engoulvent Europcar 02' 18''
77 Samuel Bewley Orica-GreenEdge
78 Serge Pauwels Omega Pharma-Quick Step 02' 19''
79 Damiano Caruso Cannondale 02' 20''
80 Grzegorz Stępniak CCC Polsat Polkowice
81 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Shimano
82 Mattia Cattaneo Lampre-Merida 02' 26''
83 Yaroslav Popovuch Trek Factory Racing 02' 27''
84 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol 02' 32''
85 Sebastien Chavanel FDJ 02' 33''
86 Davide Rebellin CCC Polsat Polkowice 02' 36''
87 Kevin De Weert Omega Pharma-Quick Step 02' 38''
88 Ivan Santaromita Orica-GreenEdge 02' 39''
89 Fabio Aru Astana 02' 40''
90 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale 02' 41''
91 Sebastian Henao  SKY 02' 42''
92 Paweł Franczak Poland 02' 49''
93 Jerome Cousin Europcar 02' 52''
94 Manuel Silva Pires  Tinkoff-Saxo 02' 54''
95 Alexander Rybakov Katusha 02' 56''
96 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing 02' 57''
97 Lars Petter Nordhaug  Belkin
98 Petr Ignatenko Katusha 02' 59''
99 Joshua Edmondson SKY 03' 01''
100 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha 03' 02''
101 Koldo Fernandez  Garmin-Sharp 03' 03''
102 Paweł Bernas Poland 03' 04''
103 Bartosz Warchoł Poland 03' 05''
104 Guillaume Bonnafond Ag2r 03' 10''
105 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r 03' 11''
106 Kenny Dehaes Lotto-Belisol 03' 22''
107 Raymond Kreder Garmin-Sharp 03' 26''
108 Francesco Gavazzi Astana 03' 27''
109 Giovanni Bernaudeau Europcar 03' 28''
110 Martin Velitis Omega Pharma-Quick Step 03' 31''
111 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff-Saxo 03' 32''
112 Sylwester Szmyd Movistar 03' 35''
113 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r 03' 37''
114 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step 03' 38''
115 Roberto Ferrari Lampre-Merida 03' 39''
116 Laurent Mangel FDJ 03' 41''
117 Marco Haller Katusha 03' 43''
118 Maxime Mederel Europcar 03' 47''
119 Johannes Frohlinger Giant-Shimano
120 Davide Appollonio Ag2r 03' 49''
121 Matteo Bono Lampre-Merida 03' 58''
122 Kamil Zieliński Poland 03' 59''
123 Davide Malacarne Europcar 04' 02''
124 Angelo Tulik Europcar 04' 06''
125 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana 04' 22''
126 Pieter Weening Orica-GreenEdge 04' 32''
127 Steele Von Hoff Garmin-Sharp 04' 36''
128 Jonas Van Genechten Lotto-Belisol 04' 43''
129 Davide Villella Cannondale 06' 38''
130 Jose Cayetano Sarmiento  Cannondale 08' 46''
131 Przemysław Kasperkiewicz Poland 11' 48''

Final GC after Stage 7: 1,251 km raced at an average speed of 41.326 km/hr

1 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 30hr 16min 18sec
2 Jon Izaguirre Movistar @ 8 seconds
3 Benat Intxausti Movistar 00' 22''
4 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 00' 34''
5 Przemysław Niemiec Lampre-Merida 01' 20''
6 Andrey Amador Movistar 01' 21''
7 Philip Deignan SKY 01' 24''
8 Robert Gesink Belkin 01' 41''
9 Dominik Nerz BMC 01' 42''
10 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 01' 49''
11 Marek Rutkiewicz CCC Polsat Polkowice 01' 55''
12 Sanchez Samuel BMC 02' 03''
13 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-Quick Step 02' 05''
14 Warren Barguil Giant-Shimano 02' 10''
15 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma-Quick Step 02' 14''
16 Davide Formolo Cannondale 02' 19''
17 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Sharp 02' 31''
18 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha 02' 59''
19 Davide Rebellin CCC Polsat Polkowice 03' 36''
20 Maxime Bouet Ag2r 03' 51''
21 Ilnur Zakarin RusVelo 04' 03''
22 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Belisol 04' 47''
23 Mattia Cattaneo Lampre-Merida 04' 58''
24 Peter Velits BMC 05' 45''
25 Georg Preidler Giant-Shimano 06' 18''
26 Alexis Vuillermoz Ag2r 06' 28''
27 Christophe Kern Europcar 07' 01''
28 Lawrence Warbasse BMC 07' 06''
29 Gorka Izaguirre Movistar 07' 17''
30 Pim Ligthart Lotto-Belisol 08' 07''
31 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff-Saxo 08' 15''
32 Paweł Cieślik Poland 08' 47''
33 Sergey Lagutin RusVelo 09' 21''
34 Steve Morabito BMC 10' 24''
35 Pieter Weening Orica-GreenEdge 10' 52''
36 Bart De Clercq Lotto-Belisol 10' 54''
37 Dario Cataldo SKY 11' 38''
38 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant-Shimano 11' 47''
39 Branislau Samoilau CCC Polsat Polkowice 12' 21''
40 Tomasz Marczyński CCC Polsat Polkowice 12' 50''
41 Enrico Gasparotto Astana 13' 20''
42 Pawel Poljański Tinkoff-Saxo 13' 33''
43 Davide Villella Cannondale 13' 48''
44 Lars Petter Nordhaug  Belkin 14' 05''
45 Sylwester Szmyd Movistar 14' 18''
46 Sebastian Henao  SKY 15' 21''
47 Eduard Vorganov Katusha 15' 24''
48 Kamil Zieliński Poland 15' 46''
49 Jose Cayetano Sarmiento  Cannondale 16' 17''
50 Ivan Santaromita Orica-GreenEdge 17' 01''
51 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing 21' 01''
52 Sergei Chernetski Katusha 21' 02''
53 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing 21' 07''
54 Maxime Mederel Europcar 21' 09''
55 Eros Capecchi Movistar 21' 57''
56 Johannes Frohlinger Giant-Shimano 22' 04''
57 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice 22' 14''
58 Kevin De Weert Omega Pharma-Quick Step 22' 16''
59 Damiano Caruso Cannondale 23' 16''
60 Artem Ovechkin RusVelo 23' 25''
61 Edvald Boasson Hagen  SKY 23' 51''
62 Kanstantsin Siutsou SKY 24' 14''
63 Johan Le Bon FDJ 25' 35''
64 Fabio Aru Astana 25' 44''
65 Paul Martens Belkin 27' 17''
66 Thomas De Gendt Omega Pharma-Quick Step 27' 38''
67 Manuel Silva Pires Tinkoff-Saxo 28' 24''
68 Stephen Cummings BMC 28' 35''
69 Michael Matthews Orica-GreenEdge 28' 51''
70 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 29' 45''
71 Vegard Breen Lotto-Belisol 30' 30''
72 Adriano Malori Movistar 30' 44''
73 Moreno Moser Cannondale 31' 21''
74 Serge Pauwels Omega Pharma-Quick Step 31' 55''
75 Francesco Gavazzi Astana 33' 04''
76 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing 33' 16''
77 Andrey Zeits Astana 33' 47''
78 Nicki Sorensen Tinkoff-Saxo 34' 51''
79 Hugo Houle Ag2r 35' 53''
80 Nikias Arndt Giant-Shimano 36' 57''
81 Jerome Cousin Europcar 37' 16''
82 Samuel Bewley Orica-GreenEdge 37' 32''
83 Angelo Tulik Europcar 38' 57''
84 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale 39' 19''
85 Timofey Kritskiy RusVelo 39' 37''
86 Matthias Krizek Cannondale 40' 39''
87 Caleb Fairly Garmin-Sharp 40' 50''
88 Guillaume Bonnafond Ag2r 41' 48''
89 Jimmy Engoulvent Europcar 42' 32''
90 Giovanni Bernaudeau Europcar 42' 36''
91 Bartosz Warchoł Poland 42' 43''
92 Murilo Fischer FDJ 42' 58''
93 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol 43' 05''
94 Andrey Solomennikov RusVelo 43' 17''
95 Petr Ignatenko Katusha 43' 53''
96 Martin Velitis Omega Pharma-Quick Step 44' 08''
97 Nathan Brown Garmin-Sharp 44' 22''
98 Yaroslav Popovuch Trek Factory Racing 44' 45''
99 Davide Malacarne Europcar 45' 10''
100 Koldo Fernandez  Garmin-Sharp 45' 12''
101 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ 45' 56''
102 Ivan Balykin RusVelo 47' 32''
103 Kamil Gradek Poland 47' 49''
104 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Shimano 48' 18''
105 Paweł Franczak Poland 48' 37''
106 Paweł Bernas Poland 48' 39''
107 Matteo Bono Lampre-Merida 48' 51''
108 Lasse Hansen Garmin-Sharp 50' 24''
109 Laurent Mangel FDJ 51' 13''
110 Joshua Edmondson SKY 51' 53''
111 Grzegorz Stępniak CCC Polsat Polkowice 52' 03''
112 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r 53' 10''
113 Cameron Meyer Orica-GreenEdge 53' 23''
114 Marco Haller Katusha 53' 25''
115 Anton Vorobyev Katusha 54' 03''
116 Raymond Kreder Garmin-Sharp 54' 52''
117 Alexander Rybakov Katusha 55' 13''
118 Roberto Ferrari Lampre-Merida 55' 24''
119 Maxim Belkov Katusha 56' 09''
120 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana 56' 11''
121 Steele Von Hoff Garmin-Sharp 59' 16''
122 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step 59' 30''
123 Mateusz Taciak CCC Polsat Polkowice 01h 03' 37''
124 Sebastien Chavanel FDJ 01h 03' 48''
125 Przemysław Kasperkiewicz Poland 01h 04' 31''
126 Davide Appollonio Ag2r 01h 05' 51''
127 Rick Flens Belkin 01h 06' 42''
128 Jonas Van Genechten Lotto-Belisol 01h 06' 52''
129 Kenny Dehaes Lotto-Belisol 01h 18' 57''
130 Thierry Hupond Giant-Shimano 01h 27' 19''
131 Jack Bobridge Belkin 01h 45' 48''

Stage 7 Photos:

Rafal Majka

Rakal Majka saving his race lead. Photo ©Sirotti

Jon Izaguirre

Jon Izaguirre coming close...Photo ©Sirotti

Benat Intxausti

Benat Intxausti. Photo ©Sirotti

Kristof Vandewalle

Stage winner Kristof Vandewalle. Photo ©Sirotti

Rafal Majka

Final overall winner Rafal Majka. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 7 map and profile:

Stage 7 map

Stage 7 map

Stage 7 profile

Stage 7 profile


Friday, August 8: Stage 6, Bukovina - Bukowina Tatrzańska, 174 km

Stage 6 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Rafal Majka

Rafal Majka wins stage 6. Photo © Sirotti

The Race: Damiano Cunego, who had crashed in the first stage, did not start stage six.

A seven-man break was allowed some room but with 24 kilometers to go, they had all been mopped up by the Tinkoff-Saxo-led peloton. Tinkoff-Saxo had put so much pressure on the pack that it looked like there were only about ten riders in the lead group as the final ascent began.

Rafal Majka blasted away on the steepest part of the final Bukovina ascent but the Movistar duo of Benat Intxaust and Jon Izaguirre felt like conceding nothing and went after the Polish rider. They came within 10 seconds at the finish.

Race leader Petr Vakoc had gone very deep yesterday to save his lead, but today was just too hard and too fast. Vakoc was shelled on the penultimate climb, scrambled back on on the descent and was dropped for good on the final climb, coming in 15th, 48 seconds behind Majka.

Majka won the stage and finally took the overall lead with the Spaniards 18 and 20 seconds behind. That's close enough to make tomorrow's 25 km individual time trial very interesting. It's still anybody's race.

Results:

1 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 4hr 40min 58sec
2 Benat Intxausti Movistar @ 10 seconds
3 Jon Izaguirre Movistar
4 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 00' 19''
5 Przemysław Niemiec Lampre-Merida 00' 20''
6 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma-Quick Step
7 Warren Barguil Giant-Shimano
8 Robert Gesink Belkin
9 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha
10 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-Quick Step 00' 26''
Stage 6 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 6: 1,226 km raced so far at an average speed of 41.18 km/hr

1 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 29hr 46min 17sec
2 Benat Intxausti Movistar @ 18 seconds
3 Jon Izaguirre Movistar 00' 22''
4 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 00' 39''
5 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha 00' 40''
6 Robert Gesink Belkin
7 Warren Barguil Giant-Shimano
8 Przemysław Niemiec Lampre-Merida
9 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-Quick Step 00' 46''
10 Marek Rutkiewicz CCC Polsat Polkowice 00' 47''
Stage 6 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

Thursday, August 7: Stage 5, Zakopane - Strbskie Pleso (SK), 190 km

Stage 5 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Rafal Majka wins stage 5

Rafal Majka wins stage 5. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Another wet, rainy day of racing in Poland. A good-sized break was allowed to roll away, but since this was the first day day in the hills, a stage for the GC men to gain time, the day was going to be decided by the riders who can climb.

The last survivor of the day's break was Orica's Christian Meier and he was reeled in by the Tinkoff-Saxo-led pack with 11 km to go. Working for Tinkoff-Saxo GC man Rafal Majka, Rory Sutherland set a fierce pace up the final climb to Strbskie Pleso, but none of the GC men were put in trouble. Ryder Hesjedal tried at least twice to get away, but it was a compact group that dashed for the line.

Rafal Majka started from several riders back, but came around everyone to win the stage and the 10-second stage winner's time bonus. At first it was thought Majka had also taken over the race lead.

But no, Peter Vakoc had gone very deep and preserved his GC lead by a single second.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 42.123 km/hr

1 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 4hr 30min 38sec
2 Beant Intxausti Movistar
3 Jon Izaguirre Movistar
4 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-Quick Step
5 Warren Barguil Giant-Shimano
6 Sanchez Samuel BMC
7 Davide Formolo Cannondale
8 Lars Petter Nordhaug  Belkin
9 Andrey Amador Movistar
10 Przemysław Niemiec Lampre-Merida
Stage 5 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 5:

1 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 25h5 5min 28sec
2 Rafał Majka Tinkoff-Saxo @ 1 seconds
3 Beant Intxausti Movistar 00' 05''
4 Jon Izaguirre Movistar 00' 07''
5 Davide Formolo Cannondale 00' 11''
6 Giampaolo Caruso Katusha
7 Marek Rutkiewicz CCC Polsat Polkowice
8 Peter Velits BMC
9 Andrey Amador  Movistar
10 Robert Gesink Belkin
Stage 5 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

Wednesday, August 6: Stage 4, Tarnów Gemini Park - Katowice, 236 km

Complete Stage 4 results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Stage four finish

Jonas Van Genechten wins stage four. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: If the stage didn't end with a winning breakaway, it wasn't because no one tried to escape. Three times small groups clawed their way up the road, only to be rounded up by a peloton intent upon a sprint finish. The final break of three riders was caught with about four kilometers to go. Even then riders tried fliers, to no avail.

Stage winner Jonas Van Genechten came from a ways back to take his first-ever World Tour victory.

Petr Vakoc finished in the front group to preserve his GC lead.

Giant-Shimano sprinter Luka Mezgec, who crashed in stage one, will not start the hilly stage five on Thursday. He's going home to heal up from his injuries rather than suffer in the mountains. He may start the Eneco Tour on Monday.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 41.225 km/hr

1 Jonas Van Genechten Lotto-Belisol 5hr 43min 29sec
2 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana
3 Luka Mezgec Giant-Shimano
4 Sacha Modolo Lampre-Merida
5 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r
6 Davide Appollonio Ag2r
7 Raymond Kreder Garmin-Sharp
8 Nikias Arndt Giant-Shimano
9 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step
10 Steele Von Hoff Garmin-Sharp
Complete Stage 4 results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 4:

1 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 20hr 34min 24sec
2 Matthias Krizek Cannondale @ 26 seconds
3 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r 00' 27''
4 Bos Theo Belkin
5 Luka Mezgec Giant-Shimano
6 Jonas Van Genechten Lotto-Belisol
7 Roman Maikin RusVelo 00' 31''
8 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol 00' 33''
9 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida
10 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice 00' 35''
Complete Stage 4 results, GC, photos, map and profile

Tuesday, August 5: Stage 3, Kielce - Rzeszów, 174 km

Stage 3 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Theo Bos wins stage 3

Theo Bos wins stage 3. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Four riders got away today: Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Bjorn Thurau (Europcar), Pawel Franczak (Poland) and Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat). They were kept on a short choke-collar, never being allowed much more than a three-minute gap.

The roads were dry today, and despite a lot of road furniture and and inflatable banner that collapsed by the side of the road, the peloton completed the stage with most of its skin intact.

The pace was blistering, and though the break quartet worked well together and was made of four good strong boys, they were caught with a little more than seven kilometers to go. Belkin tried to rule the peloton and spent a lot of watts keeping things together at the front. But in the final meters, they seems to have run out of gas and ceded control to Giant-Shimano.

It didn't matter. Belkin rider Theo Bos stormed past such quality speedsters and Sacha Modolo and Michael Matthews to give Belkin a clean stage win.

Petr Vakoc finished in the front group to preserve his GC lead.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 47.573 km/hr

1 Theo Bos  Belkin 3hr 39min 27sec
2 Luka Mezgec Giant-Shimano
3 Michael Matthews Orica-GreenEdge
4 Sacha Modolo Lampre-Merida
5 Thor Hushovd BMC
6 Tyler Farrar Garmin-Sharp
7 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r
8 Jonas Van Genechten Lotto-Belisol
9 Davide Appollonio Ag2r
10 Roberto Ferrari Lampre-Merida
Stage 3 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 3:

1 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 14hr 50min 55sec
2 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r @ 27 seconds
3 Bos Theo Belkin
4 Roman Maikin RusVelo  00' 31''
5 Luka Mezgec Giant-Shimano
6 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol  00' 33''
7 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida
8 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice  00' 35''
9 Matthias Krizek Cannondale
10 Grzegorz Stępniak CCC Polsat Polkowice  00' 37''
Stage 3 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

Monday August 4: Stage 2, Toruń - Warszawa, 226 km

Stage 2 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Petr Vakoc win stage 2

Petr Vakoc wins stage 2. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Sometimes the fog of war reigns. It did today. Czech rider Petr Vakoc was part of a three-man break that was allowed a hefty six-minute lead. Vakoc left his companions behind to ride the three circuits in Warsaw alone. Apparently the peloton didn't know Vakoc was gone. He crossed the line 21 seconds before Michael Matthews won the field sprint. Matthews thought he was racing for first and raised his arms in celebration.

Vakoc's 21 seconds were enough to give him the GC lead.

Note: After I posted yesterday's results the organizers recalculated the GC and gave the lead to stage winner Yauheni Hutarovich instead of Matthias Krizek. I apologize for the confusion.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 41.865 km/hr

1 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5hr 23min 54sec
2 Michael Matthews Orica-GreenEdge @ 21 seconds
3 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol
4 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Shimano
5 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r
6 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step
7 Marco Haller Katusha
8 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale
9 Luka Mezgec Giant-Shimano
10 Tyler Farrar Garmin-Sharp
Stage 2 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 2:

1 Petr Vakoc Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11hr 11min 28sec
2 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r @ 27 seconds
3 Roman Maikin RusVelo 00' 31''
4 Boris Vallee Poland
5 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida
6 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice 00' 35''
7 Matthias Krizek Cannondale
8 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step 00' 37''
9 Marco Haller Katusha
10 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale
Stage 2 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

Sunday, August 3: Stage 1, Gdańsk - Bydgoszcz, 226 km

Stage 1 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile |

Yauhani hutarovhich

Yauhani Hutarovich wins stage 1. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: It started out a nice day for a bicycle race. But that changed with plunging temperatures, hail and rain. The roads became incredibly slippery with crash after crash taking down riders. Early on five riders escaped, but going around what looked like an easy curve with 23 kilometers remaining, they all fell.

First one up was Maciej Paterski (CCC Polsat). He took off, chased by Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar) and Matthias Krizek (Cannondale). The duo caught Paterski with 12 kilometers to go and the trio worked together smoothly to do their best to stay away from the Tinkoff-Saxo led pack. It almost worked, but everyone was caught with a kilometer left to race. That set things up for a dangerous sprint that was indeed marred by an awful crash when Luka Mezgec ran into a barrier.

Ag2r sprinter Yauheni Hutarovich out-muscled the others to win the sprint.

Note: The GC was later recalculated and the GC leader after stage one was Yauheni Hutarovich, ahead of Roman Maikin by four seconds. Originally credited with the GC lead, Matthias Krizek was moved to fifth place, down 8 seconds. The correct GC is now posted.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 38.984 km/hr

1 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r 5hr 47min 50sec
2 Roman Maikin RusVelo
3 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida
4 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale
5 Marco Haller Katusha
6 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step
7 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol
8 Sebastian Lander BMC
9 Davide Formolo Cannondale
10 Enrico Gasparotto Astana
Stage 1 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

GC after Stage 1:

1 Yauheni Hutarovich Ag2r 5hr 47min 40sec
2 Roman Maikin RusVelo @ 4 seconds
3 Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida + 00' 06''
4 Maciej Paterski CCC Polsat Polkowice + 00' 08''
5 Matthias Krizek Cannondale
6 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale + 00' 10''
7 Marco Haller Katusha
8 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma-Quick Step
9 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol
10 Sebastian Lander BMC
Stage 1 complete results, GC, photos, map and profile

Start list with dossards (back numbers), August 2, 2014:

Orica GreenEdge
Director: Vittorio Algeri
1 Pieter Weening
2 Mitchell Docker
3 Brett Lancaster
4 Michael Matthews
5 Ivan Santaromita
6 Cameron Meyer
7 Sam Bewley
8 Christian Meier
   
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Director: Rik van Slycke
11 Gianluca Brambilla
12 Thomas De Gendt
13 Kevin De Weert
14 Nikolas Maes
15 Wout Poels
16 Petr Vakoc
17 Martin Velits
18 Serge Pauwels
   
Tinkoff-Saxo
Director: Tristan Hoffman
21 Rafał Majka
22 Jesús Hernández
23 Evgeni Petrov
24 Nicki Sørensen
25 Oliver Zaugg
26 Pawel Poljanski
27 Bruno Pires
28 Rory Sutherland
   
Team Sky
Director: Gabriel Rasch
31 Edvald Boasson Hagen
32 Philip Deignan
33 Dario Cataldo
34 Ben Swift
35 Joshua Edmondson
36 Sebastian Henao
37 Salvatore Puccio
38 Kanstantsin Siutsou
   
Astana Pro Team
Driector: Stefano Zanini
41 Fabio Aru
42 Janez Brajkovič
43 Enrico Gasparotto
44 Francesco Gavazzi
45 Jacopo Guarnieri
46 Arman Kamyshev
47 Paolo Tiralongo
48 Andrey Zeits
   
Garmin-Sharp
Director: Geert Vanbondt
51 Nathan Brown
52 Caleb Fairly
53 Tyler Farrar
54 Koldo Fernández
55 Ryder Hesjedal
56 Lasse Norman Hansen
57 Raymond Kreder
58 Steele Von Hoff
 
Lampre-Merida
Director: Orlando Maini
61 Przemyslaw Niemiec
62 Niccolo Bonifazio
63 Matteo Bono
64 Mattia Cattaneo
65 Damiano Cunego
66 Roberto Ferrari
67 Manuele Mori
68 Sacha Modolo
 
BMC Racing Team
Driector: Fabio Baldato
71 Stephen Cummings
72 Thor Hushovd
73 Sebastian Lander
74 Steve Morabito
75 Dominik Nerz
76 Samuel Sánchez
77 Peter Velits
78 Larry Warbasse
 
Trek Factory Racing
Director: Luca Guarcilena
81 Julián David Arredondo 
82 Fumiyuki Beppu
83 Fabio Felline
84 Bob Jungels
86 Yaroslav Popovych
87 Fábio Silvestre
88 Kristof Vandewalle
 
Cannondale
Director: Dario Marruzzio
91 Guillaume Boivin
92 Damiano Caruso
93 Davide Formolo
94 Oscar Gatto
95 Matthias Krizek
96 Moreno Moser
97 Jose Cayetano Sarmiento 
98 Davide Villella
 
Team Katusha
Director: Gennady Mikhaylov
101 Maxim Belkov
102 Giampaolo Caruso
103 Sergei Chernetckii
104 Marco Haller
105 Petr Ignatenko
106 Alexander Rybakov
107 Eduard Vorganov
108 Anton Vorobyev
 
Belkin Pro Cycling Team
Director: Michiel Elijzen
111 Jack Bobridge
112 Theo Bos
113 Barry Markus
114 Rick Flens
115 Robert Gesink
116 Paul Martens
117 Lars Petter Nordhaug 
118 David Tanner
 
Movistar Team
Director: José Luis Jaimerena
121 Andrey Amador
122 Eros Capecchi
123 Beñat Intxausti
124 Gorka Izagirre
125 Ion Izagirre
126 Juan José Lobato 
127 Adriano Malori
128 Sylwester Szmyd
 
Team Giant-Shimano
Director: Andy Engels
131 Nikias Arndt
132 Warren Barguil
133 Johannes Frohlinger
134 Thierry Hupond
135 Tobias Ludvigsson
136 Luka Mezgec
137 Georg Preidler
138 Ramon Sinkeldam
 
Lotto-Belisol
Director: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
141 Sander Armée
142 Vegard Breen
143 Bart De Clercq
144 Kenny Dehaes
145 Pim Ligthart
146 Maxime Monfort
147 Boris Vallée
148 Jonas Vangenechten
 
AG2R-La Mondiale
Director: Arturas Kasputis
151 Davide Appollonio
152 Gediminas Bagdonas
153 Hugo Houle
154 Guillaume Bonnafond
155 Maxime Bouet
156 Yauheni Hutarovich
157 Christophe Riblon
158 Alexis Vuillermoz
 
FDJ
Director: Franck Pineau
161 Sébastien Chavanel
162 Antonio Fischer Murilo
163 Alexandre Geniez
164 Johan Le Bon
165 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier
166 Laurent Mangel
167 David Boucher
168 Jussi Veikkanen
 
Team Europcar
Director: Benoit Genauzeau
171 Giovanni Bernaudeau
172 Jérôme Cousin
173 Jimmy Engoulvent
174 Christophe Kern
175 Davide Malacarne
176 Maxime Mederel
177 Bjorn Thurau
178 Angelo Tulik
 
Poland National Team
Director: Zbigniew Brozyna
181 Kamil Gradek
182 Pawel Bernas
183 Kamil Zieliński
184 Paweł Franczak
185 Przemysław Kasperkiewicz
186 Paweł Cieślik
187 Konrad Dabkowski
188 Bartosz Warchoł
 
CCC Polsat Polkowice
Director: Piotr Wadecki
191 Bartłomiej Matysiak
192 Davide Rebellin
193 Branislau Samoilau
194 Maciej Paterski
195 Tomasz Marczynski
196 Grzegorz Stepniak
197 Mateusz Taciak
198 Marek Rutkiewicz
 
RusVelo
Director: Serhiy Honchar
201 Sergey Lagutin
202 Ilnur Zakarin
203 Sergey Firsanov
204 Artem Ovechkin
205 Andrei Solomennikov
206 Ivan Balykin
207 Roman Maikin
208 Timofey Kritskiy