Team Bahrain Victorious (Poland) - Press Release: Phil Bauhaus continued his winning streak following the Tour of Slovenia, taking his 6th win of the season on the opening stage of Tour de Pologne. Bauhaus timed his sprint to perfection to beat Jose Hodeg (Deceuninck – Quick Step) to the line after great work from the team.
The first stage of the 2021 Tour de Pologne started in Lubin, eastern Poland. After 216 fairly flat kilometres, riders arrived in Chelm. This was not a typical sprint stage as riders tackled cobblestones in the last 600m with a climb peaking at 8%.
Today’s winner, Phil Bauhaus: “I was super confident with our sprinting group to do a super good result today. We’ve had an amazing season so far and we prepared really good for this race. The race was pretty controlled, with three guys in the beginning. It was a long stage, but we took control of it with Kevin. Then 15km to go it started to be a little nervous, but we were together as a team, and the guys did amazing in the final circuit. I did a massive pull to get to the front where Haussler was. I was a bit nervous as I was on Gaviria’s wheel and he left a gap to the Quickstep guys 300m to go, so I had to chase it, and it was a bit uphill. I saved a bit of energy for the last 150 meters, had another kick. I was focused to catch Hodeg from Quickstep, and I made it.”