Van Poppel leads Tour of Poland - Kwiatkowski wins in San Sebastian

Danny van Poppel, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle and racing for Team Sky, has moved into the lead at the Tour of Poland. On Sunday’s second stage – 142km from Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice – the 24-year-old Dutch rider just missed out on victory to Sacha Modolo. However, after finishing third on Saturday, van Poppel now wears the yellow jersey, ahead of Modolo and Peter Sagan.

Speaking soon after the finish in Katowice, van Poppel commented on the impressive work of his teammates, as well as the unique end to the stage – a swift 900m descent to the finish. ‘The team did a great job with the leadout and it was really close,’ said van Poppel. ‘I have two Polish teammates, Michal Golas and Lukasz Wisniowski (both riding fi’zi:k Antares VS), who told me about the finish. That’s why I put a 56 on. It’s a good way to start the second part of my year.’

The seven-stage Tour of Poland continues Monday with the 161km stage from Jaworzno to Szczyrk.

It’s been a successful few days for Team Sky as Saturday saw Michal Kwiatkowski (fi’zi:k Antares VS) carry over his imperious form from the Tour de France to sprint to his first San Sebastian title. After impressive work in the final 5km from another Tour hero, Mikel Landa (fi’zi:k Arione VS), the 27-year-old Pole held off Tony Gallopin in second and Bauke Mollema in third.

A late burst from Landa allowed Kwiatkowski to follow the wheels of his rivals into the final 1km. Kwiatkowski did the rest. ‘Such amazing Basque Spanish guys in the team today,’ Kwiatkowski said after the race, acknowledging not only the work of Landa, but also Mikel Nieve (fi’zi:k Antares R1), who attacked with around 9km to go.

Europe’s best male and female riders now head to Denmark for the European Road Cycling Championships, which take place in Herning from 2-6 August.