photo credits @ Tour de Pologne
Nikias Arndt (Team DSM) claimed stage 5 of the Tour de Pologne, after the German rider beat Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) and Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal) in a frantic uphill sprint to the finish.
Meanwhile, João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who sprinted to fourth on the stage, kept a narrow GC advantage over Mohoric, who took bonus points in the finish and is just two seconds back in the overall.
A five-man breakaway group containing Evgeniy Fedorov (Astana-Premier Tech), Daniel Arroyave (EF Education), Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo), Jonas Rickaert (Alpecin-Fenix), and Łukasz Owsian (Poland) got off the front early on in the stage.
However, after a long day out front, the last of the escapees, Rickaert, was swept up with just four kilometers remaining.
From there, Ineos Grenadiers picked up the pace-setting, leading the peloton into the last kilometer. Two crashes inside the final meters would disrupt the charge and leave the field in tatters, but key GC riders were able to avoid trouble and it was left to a small group to contest the close-fought sprint finish.
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