Mohoric wins Tour de Pologne!
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Team Bahrain Victorious rider Matej Mohoric was yesterday crowned the overall winner of the Tour de Pologne 2023. The seven-stage race was held as part of this year’s UCI World Tour.
Mohoric claimed the yellow and white jerseys in the race despite finishing yesterday’s 166.6-kilometre final leg in 29th place amongst 154 competitors. Tied on time after Thursday’s time trial in Katowice, but retaining the yellow, Mohoric inched ahead on the overall yesterday by winning an intermediate sprint with a time bonus mid-way through the stage.
It was enough to help put Mohoric in first place on the final general classification to end the race. He was classified a second ahead of runner-up Joao Almeida of UAE Team Emirates, while Michal Kwiatkowski of Ineos Grenadiers came third 17s back.
Neither Mohoric nor Almeida, second in the intermediate sprint, took part in the final dash for the line. The result earned Bahrain Victorious their 12th overall victory since the team’s inception, with Mohoric adding to his triumph in Croatia last October.
Mohoric also secured the white jersey as the top sprinter in the event with 68 points. Almeida also had 68 points in second place, while Kwiatkowski was third on 66 markers. Mohoric was also eighth in the most active rider rankings, with Patryk Stosz of Poland’s national team in first place.
Bahrain Victorious’ Damiano Caruso finished sixth in the best climber classification, topped by Markus Hoelgaard of LidlTrek, while the entire squad came sixth overall from the 24 teams that took part.
UAE Team Emirates were number one. Amongst Bahrain Victorious’ other riders in yesterday’s seventh and concluding stage, Andrea Pasqualon was the top finisher in 10th place overall.
Mohoric followed, while Matevz Govekar was in 31st place. Caruso was classified 49th, while Antonio Tiberi came 93rd. Rounding out the Bahrain Victorious ranking were Kamil Gradek in 138th, while Fran Miholjevic did not finish.
This year’s Tour de Pologne was the 80th edition of the international road race. All 18 UCI World Teams, five UCI Pro Teams and the Polish national team made up the 24-squad entry.