Tour of Poland: Fabio Jakobsen downgraded, Pascal Ackermann wins
The Tour of Poland continued this Monday with a new stage dedicated to sprinters. There were then 150.5 kilometers to cover from Chorzow to Zabrze with a single climb listed on the course. Competing after an urban circuit of 6.2 kilometers to cover four times, the finish left no chance for the adventurers. As expected, it was the finishers who played the victory, on a wet road, crowning Fabio Jakobsen. Author of a movement deemed dangerous by the jury, the champion of the Netherlands was downgraded. In second place, Pascal Ackermann won on the green carpet. Danny van Poppel was reclassified second, ahead of Mads Pedersen.
As in the first two stages, Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk) escapes from the real start. The best climber of the event is followed by Adrian Kurek (Poland) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo). The peloton gives its blessing to the trio, who quickly give themselves a five-minute lead. At most, the runners count 5’40” after 23 kilometers. The days follow and are similar on the race since it is still Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) who comes to dictate the pace of the peloton. The powerful Polish rider gradually narrows the gap. There is then only four minutes of difference after fifty kilometers.
The peloton continues to gradually get closer while Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) is victim of a heavy fall. The vice-U23 World Champion is treated on the side of the road before being evacuated to Rybnik hospital in an emergency. The race continues waiting for news from the young Belgian rider. In the lead, Planet takes advantage of its presence in the breakaway to settle the intermediate sprint as well as the only GPM of the day. The peloton gets closer to 1’40” at fifty kilometers from the finish.
After a heavy shower, the runners evolve under a fine rain. The roads are wet and slippery, which means more falls within the peloton. Eduardo Sepulveda (Movistar), David Lozano and Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk) are first involved. The latter seems to have been hit on the back, but the three are back. Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick Step) then falls, fortunately without any gravity. The peloton continued its progressive close-up and reduced the gap below the minute to 32 units from the goal. The leading trio enters the final circuit with a lead of 40.
Planet, Kurek and Shalunov only lose five seconds in the first round. The peloton approaches at ten seconds in the next loop, but the escapees hold on. They even manage to get some air and start the last lap with fifteen seconds of lead. Only, Planet and Kurek start at the fault six kilometers from the goal. Shalunov continues alone, but ends up being swallowed three units further. The peloton then enters the final and will explain itself on a point.
The Bora-hansgrohe appear at 600 meters, but it is Fabio Jakobsen who regulates the packaging for Deceuninck-Quick Step. The yellow jersey Pascal Ackermann finished second in the struggle, ahead of Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma). After a gesture of the hand to clear himself in the final, Jakobsen was finally downgraded by the commissioners. Ackermann was then declared the winner in front of Van Poppel and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).
Just after the arrival, Lotto Soudal announced the tragic news of the death of Bjorg Lambrecht. The 22-year-old rider died in hospital as a result of his fall.
The classification of the third stage:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) at 3:29’41”
2. Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)
3. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
4. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)
5. Max Walscheid (Sunweb)
6. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)
7. Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)
8. Andrea Peron (Novo Nordisk)
9. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates)
10. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)
The general classification after the third stage:
1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) at 9:59’57”
2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) at 12
3. Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) at 14
4. Pawel Franczak (Poland) at 16
5. Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland) at 17
6. Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) at 18
7. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step) at 20
8. Ben Swift (Ineos) at 22
9. Quentin Jaurégui (AG2R-La Mondiale) m.t.
10. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) at 23