Mezgec doubles up for stage five victory at the Tour of Poland


Luka Mezgec sprinted to his second stage win of the week with a stunning kick to the line on stage five of the Tour of Poland.

After yesterday’s neutralised stage in memory of Bjorg Lambrecht, the peloton were back racing again and it was Mezgec who timed his sprint to perfection to take a commanding victory in Bielsko-Biala.

It was a fast and attacking start to the day with the first major climbs of the race ahead of the peloton on the 153.8-kilometre stage. Eventually four riders broke clear of the field, but the bunch kept them on a tight leash in the opening kilometres before the pace settled down.

In the final kilometres, the sprint teams were starting to ramp it up behind the breakaway with another sprint on the cards. Grmay and his fellow attackers were eventually caught as they headed onto the final lap as the bunch were strung out through the streets.

Mezgec was hovering around the head of the pack after being brought into position by his teammates and the 30-year-old found himself sat in third wheel under the flamme rouge. The long drag to the line meant that timing was key and Mezgec left it late to open up his sprint, but once he kicked there was no catching him as he took another convincing win.

Tour of Poland 2019 – stage 5 results (Wieliczka – Bielsko-Biała):

1Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Eduard Prades (Movistar)


3Ben Swift (Team Ineos)


4Petr Vakoc (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


5Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


6Rafa Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin)


8Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


9Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


10Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo)



Tour of Poland 2019 – general classification after stage 5:

1Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Ben Swift (Team Ineos)


4Eduard Prades (Movistar)


5Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)


6Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale)


7Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


8Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


9Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)


10Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)



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