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Mezgec shocks top sprinters on stage two of the Tour of Poland

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Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) upset the odds by beating some of the best sprinters in the world in a frantic finish to stage two of the Tour of Poland.

As the race reached two laps to go the gap of the breakaway was back down to 1’30” as the sprint teams looked to measure their efforts with the duo coming into sight heading onto the final lap.

The fight for position was on as the peloton raced through the technical closing kilometres, with cobbles and road furniture to negotiate.

The downhill run for the line made for a frantic finale and as riders hesitated Mezgec dived for a gap and opened up the sprint. The move forced a reaction for the sprinters, but it was too late and Mezgec stormed across the line to take a famous win by more than a bike length.

“It feels good. I’ve been trying for a while to win again in a WorldTour race, I haven’t had many chances with all the sprinters we have in the team”, said Mezgec.

“But in Poland, many times I was second, third, fourth, top-five and this time it came all together. Everything came together, I was totally on the left then I started sprinting moving towards the right and then I saw Gaviria, he actually gave me a bit of a slingshot.”

Tour of Poland 2019 – stage 2 results (Tarnowskie Góry – Katowice):

1Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

2:57:58

2Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

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3Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)

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5Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)

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6Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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7Sacha Modolo (EF Education First)

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8Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)

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9Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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10Enzo Wouters (Lotto Soudal)

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Tour of Poland 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)

6:30:26

2Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk)

+01”

3Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

+02”

4Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

+04”

5Pawel Franczak (Poland)

+06”

6Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland)

+07”

7Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+10”

8Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

+12”

9Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale)

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10Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

+13”