Bauhaus beats Colombian Hodeg and is leader in Poland

The German from Bahrain won the inaugural stage in Poland in a massive finish. In Portugal there was a day of rest and this Tuesday the race returns.


German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain) is the first leader of the Tour of Poland by winning the first stage this Monday, disputed between Lublin and Chelm with a route of 216.4 kilometers and in which he beat Colombian Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck) for speed . Bauhaus (Bocholt, 27 years old), achieved in the Chelm sprint his sixth victory of the season and the 21st of his team, in a very fertile season for his colors. He raised his arms with a time of 5h 01:24, the same as Hodeg (who confirmed his signing for the UAE for 2022 and 2023) and the French Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start Up), second and third.

The second longest stage of the Polish round was marked by the initial escape of three riders: Yevgeniy Fedorov (Astana), Sean Bennett (Qhubeka) and Michal Paluta of the Polish national team). They joined forces to open a difference of 7 minutes, but the peloton picked up the pace with Deceuninck, Bahrain and UAE interested in canceling the adventure.

A 50 km from the finish the breakaways are over. The platoon began to control any skirmish to promote a sprint arrival. The Polish Michal Kwiatkowski and the Slovenian Matej Mohoric tried unsuccessfully, immediately hunted down when they attempted take-off.

Although the die was cast, the trio of Antoine Duchesne, Thomas Scully and Jos van Emden still tried. There were 15 kilometers to go to the finish line and the teams of sprinters carried the entire group with the hook, already nervous about the positioning for the finish. There were some falls, although not too important. The Bora German Pascal Ackemann, who retired ill, was not going to be on the sprint.

In the finishing maneuvers, Frenchman Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step) appeared to show his team's cards on a cobbled straight. The Frenchman towed Álvaro Hodeg, who attacked too far. He was reached in the final meters by a Phil Bauhaus who finally signed his sixteenth professional victory and donned the leader's jersey.

This Tuesday the second stage takes place, which will take the peloton from Zamosc to Przemysl. Another long day of 200.8 kilometers that presents a steep finish that can be interesting. In Portugal, the competition will resume after the rest day this Monday. Galician Alejandro Marque (Atum) marches leader of the general.

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