Almeida becomes strong in Poland: stage and leadership

The Portuguese achieves his first World Tour triumph after going head-to-head with the Italian Ulissi. Mohoric was third. Rubén Fernández finished 19th.


The Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceuninck Quick Step) won this Tuesday in the second stage of the Tour of Poland, contested between Zamosc and Przemysl with a distance of 200.8 kilometers, and achieved a victory that allows him to wear the yellow jersey of leader.

Almeida (Caldas da Rainha, 23 years old), national time trial champion, was the strongest on the last climb to the finish line and managed to prevail with a time of 4h.41.33 ahead of the Italian Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) and the Slovenian Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain Victorious). There was emotion and a fight in style in the last kilometers, where the Portuguese knew how to play his tricks for the stage and a leadership that he will defend in the third stage with 4 seconds of income over Ulissi and Mohoric, who could not inherit the yellow of his German fellow Phil Bauhaus, winner of the first stage.

The day was going to be decided on desserts, but there was an interesting getaway starring Stosz, Van der Hoorn. Langeveld, Cullaigh and Stalnov, who were joined by 88 goalkeepers by Boaro, Postlberger and Mullen. They couldn't go very far, but some wanted to dream. The last 40 km waxed the key to the day with three heights in a row, the last one with the summit on the arrival itself.

At the beginning of the first climb, the Austrian Postlberger tried his luck, 35 from the finish line, crowning the Kalwaria Paclawska (2nd, a tough climb of 2.1 km at 9.2%, where he opened a small difference. It was the last blow of the group on the run, before the peloton got on top of him. That was what Eritrean Biniam Ghirmay (Intermrché) did, who caught up with Postlberger and crowned Gruszowa Cota (3rd, 3.1 km) alone a few meters ahead of him. to 5.9%). The adventure of the young African cyclist did not last long. The peloton, reduced to 30 units, no longer allowed leaks. There was the non-scoring climb of Przemysl, the one that led to the finish line after a complicated climb of 1, 5 km at 8%, with a section of 15.4% .

The chain attacks followed, a final madness with continuous lashes. The Bahrain led by Mohoric took action in the hot zone. He had to defend the leadership or change his back, but always within the team. Only 25 runners remained in the fight for victory. Lotto Soudal was combative with Filippo Conca at the jump, looking for surprise, but his effort was also sterile. The last climb started with a good number of applicants. Belgian Wellens jumped hard, with a response from Portuguese Almeida, who gained a few meters.

The Portuguese wanted to leave for the stage, Diego Ulissi (UAE) reacted, the favorite for the stage, but the Italian arrived late and could not prevent the victory of Almeida, who gave the victory to the Deceuninck Quick Step and preventing him from going to stop to his next team, the Emirati formation. It was the second professional victory for Almeida, who snapped a 17-year Portuguese winless streak in the Polish round. This Wednesday the third stage is held between Sanok and Rzeszów, the longest of this edition with a route of 226.4 km. Half of the route is undulating and the end is even suitable for a sprint ending.

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