July 28, 2013 – Frenchman Christophe Riblon followed up his Alpe d’Huez success at the Tour de France by winning the second stage of the Tour of Poland on Sunday.
The AG2R rider showed his prowess in the mountains again following a 206.5km ride from Marilleva Val di Sole to Passo Pordoi Val di Fassa in the Italian Dolomites.
Thomas Rohregger was second just over a minute behind with Georg Preidler in third.
Last year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins again struggled on his return to racing after illness forced him out of May’s Giro d’Italia and injury cost him a place at this month’s Tour de France.
He finished more than 15 minutes down on the day’s winner and now lies 49th overall, 23 minutes off the pace.
Home rider Rafal Majka leads the race by four seconds from Wiggins’s Sky teammate Sergio Henao, with Riblon third at 6sec.
The race will now take a rest day before continuing next week in Poland following the first two stages in Italy, the first time the race has left the borders of its homeland.
The tour will resume on Tuesday with a 226km stage from Krakow to Rzeszow. It finishes next weekend with an individual time trial from Wieliczka to Krakow.