Aug 09, 2014 – Young Polish star Rafal Majka wrapped up overall victory at the Tour of Poland following Saturday’s 25km time trial around Krakow, won by Belgian Kristof Vandewalle.
The 24-year-old Majka took an 18sec lead over Benat Intxausti and 22sec ahead of Jon Izaguirre, both Spaniards riding for Movistar, into the seventh and final stage. Although Izaguirre finished 14sec ahead of Majka, the Pole did enough to hold on, finishing 13th in the time trial at 43sec off the winner. Izaguirre finished second overall at 8sec while Intxausti dropped to third at 22sec.
Majka continued his fine form this year having finished sixth overall at May’s Giro d’Italia and won two mountain stages at last month’s Tour de France. Last year’s winner Pieter Weening had a disappointing race, ending 37th
overall at 10min 52sec.
“First of all I have to thank my teammates. This week they stayed on the front full gas for me. Also I have thank my family and the Polish people who stood in the roads and scream my name. I’m so happy. Last year when I did it I was 4th, these people made me feel like I won this race. I promised that I would win this year’s Tour of Poland and I did it. I’m so happy. I won two stages here in my country and the general classification, there are no words to describe the joy. But I didn’t win alone. My teammates and staff helped me and I’m thrilled that I have three-year contract with Tinkoff-Saxo who supported me so well.” said Majka.
“When you want to win, you have to fight and I did, as I did yesterday, when I went full gas, attacked, and won my second stage to also take the Yellow Jersey as race leader. When I started the time trial today I still only led by some seconds, but I will able to battle and win Tour of Poland. My family, my girlfriend, my teammates, and my Polish public, I dedicate this win to them. Now, after preparing for the Giro, the Tour de France, and Tour de Pologne, after the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado I will need to rest after a long period of hard work.” continued Majka.
In the other classifications for the Tour de Pologne Poland is also partying for Maciej Paterski (CCC Polsat) who won the cyclamen Tauron jersey for the GPM. Austrian Matthias Krizek (Cannondale) took the blue Lotto jersey that crowns the most active rider in the group and Belorussian Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r La Mondiale), winner of the first stage in Gdansk, captured the white-red Lang Team jersey for the points classification. Team Movistar, with three riders in the top10 (Izaguirre, Intxausti and Amador) won the team classification.
Results from the seventh and final stage of the Tour of Poland: 25km time trial in Krakow.
1. Kristof Vandevalle (BEL/TFR) 29min 18sec
2. Adriano Malori (ITA/MOV) at 3sec
3. Stephen Cummings (GBR/BMC) 10
4. Steve Morabito (SUI/BMC) 20
5. Gorka Izaguirre (ESP/MOV) 22
6. Dario Catalado (ITA/SKY) 28
7. Jon Izaguirre (ESP/MOV) 29
8. Bob Jungels (NED/TFR) 34
9. Chrsitophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 38
10. Michael Matthews (AUS/OGE) s.t.
13. Rafal Majka (POL/TCS) 43, 15. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 47
1. Rafal Majka (POL/TCS) 30hr 16min 18sec
2. Jon Izaguirre (ESP/MOV) at 8sec
3. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 22
4. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 34
5. Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL/LAM) 1min 20sec
6. Andrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 1:21
7. Philip Deigan (IRL/SKY) 1:24
8. Robert Geesink (NED/BEL) 1:41
9. Dominik Nerz (GER/BMC) 1:42
10. Petr Vakoc (CZE/OPQ) 1:49