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Simon Yates solos to spectacular final stage victory in Poland as Kwiatkowski secure overall win

Simon Yates wins stage 7 tour of poland 2018

Simon Yates made no mistake on the final stage of the Tour of Poland, timing his late attack to perfection to take a memorable stage win in the summer rain.

Holding ninth place on the general classification going into the last stage, the victory saw Yates jump onto the podium in second place overall behind race winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).

A large group of around 18 riders broke free over the opening kilometres to form the breakaway, gaining close to three minutes on the peloton after 40kilometres of racing.

Today’s stage covered a short gravel section and the leaders came through holding two minutes over the bunch as ominous clouds started to roll into the final 65kilometres.

Yates was up there within the reduced yellow jersey group as tentative attacks started to spring into the closing kilometres, with the last two climbs looking to be pivotal.

The 26-year-old Briton wasn’t going to wait around and attacked on the penultimate climb, pushing on to gain 30seconds advantage. The group chased hard behind Yates as the rain fell, but the three-time Giro d’Italia stage winner was on song and held onto enough of an advantage to seal the stage win and second overall.

“I am really happy to pull off the win today. We’ve been working hard every day, and the whole team have tried to get a stage win all week and today our efforts have finally paid off”, said Yates.

“It was a tough stage and I chose my moment well to get away over the penultimate climb. Once I had the gap I went full gas into the final and didn’t look back.  It’s great to see my from is bubbling slowly in the right direction, I feel good and now it’s onwards towards the Vuelta a Espana.”

Tour of Poland 2018 – stage 7 results (Bukowina Tatrzańska – Bukowina Tatrzańska):

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


3Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


5George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)


6Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)


7Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida)


8Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


9Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ)


10Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)



Final general classification:

1Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)


2Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


4George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)


5Dylan Teuns (BMC)


6Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ)


7Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


10Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)