After being protected by his teammates for the majority of the stage and maintaining a good position at the front of the peloton throughout on fast finishing circuit, Małecki crossed the line safely to secure sixth place on the General Classification behind, Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).
This result comes after an impressive ride on the queen stage yesterday saw him go head to head with most of the pre-race favorites on the tough climbs, holding onto the early position in the top ten overall that he secured after his breakaway efforts on the opening stage of the race.
Meanwhile, Sajnok once again contested the bunch sprint for CCC Team but in a hectic run into the line with the day’s breakaway caught just seven kilometers from the finish and very little time for teams to set up any kind of lead-out, he sprinted to ninth behind stage winner Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“I am really happy to be able to finish off the week with sixth place on the General Classification. Like I said yesterday [after the queen stage], to secure a place in the top ten overall at my first WorldTour race is amazing and gives me a lot of motivation for the rest of the season. Today was all about making sure I finished safely in the bunch and I have to say thank you to the whole team for doing such a great job today and throughout the week.
After training camp in Livingo and also Vuelta a Burgos, I felt like I was coming here is good condition so I am happy to know that all my hard work during the break has paid off.
It was another hard stage today and we were really going full gas from around 60 kilometers to go. I could feel it in my legs a bit especially after yesterday’s effort so I am looking forward to a few recovery days before my next races.”
Tour de Pologne
Stage 5: Zakopane > Kraków (188km)
Top 3: 1. Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 2. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 3. Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb)
CCC Team Top 3: 9. Szymon Sajnok 22. Kamil Małecki 39. Patrick Bevin
Top 3 on GC: 1. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 2. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) 3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton – SCOTT)
CCC Team Top 3 on GC: 6. Kamil Małecki 23. Simon Geschke 27. Attila Valter