piątek, 2 sierpnia 2013

Quotes after stage 5 of Tour de Pologne 2013

Remeber the new classification in the Polish race? UCI thought of making the event more attractive and created a special classification. Just to remind you - riders take points on the climbs and intermediate sprints. Points for other classifiacations are counted as they always have been. But for each of the climb and sprint top3 gets points (3-2-1). At the end of a day they sum it up and the rider with highest daily score gets 30 seconds bonus. 2nd gets 20 seconds and 3rd gets 10.

Ion Izagirre after stage 4 was 9 second down on Rafał Majka (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), the race leader. Basque rider took 3rd and 10 seconds bonus and so he is now the leader.

Majka: I lost the jersey but it doesn't change anything for me. I'm concentrated on tomorrow's stage. I've been riding in leader's jersey for 3 days, today it's a matter of 1 second. we'll see how it plays out, 1 second could be a enough but it's not much. I fought to defend the lead but Izagirre took points on the climbs and sprints and succeeded. The race is hard to control, there were moments when I really didn't have the legs to chase. But I will be fighting to win Tour de Pologne. Izagirre is not a rider that gives up, he's strong and will also be fighting for the win.

Tomasz Marczyński (Vacansoleil-DCM) became mountains classification leader after long breakaway and taking points on five climbs. He has a slim, 2 points, lead over RadioShack-Leopard's Thomas Rohregger. Marczyński won four categorized climbs yesterday and is looking forward to stage 6 with 10 first category climbs.

Tour de Pologne is the first test for 29-year-old who has just recovered after the operation he underwent in March. Tomasz is preparing for la Vuelta where he hopes to repeat his performance from 2012

I just wanted to try something, to attack - Marczyńki said after the stage. That's me - when I'm in a breakaway - there's always an objective, I'm not riding there for the sake of doing it. Today the goal was to take the jersey. Before the penultimate climb I didn't believe it's going to happen - the peleton brought us back and I wasn't really at the front. I managed to make one more effort and sprinted for the points. 

I've already achieved more than I wanted in  this race. My shape is getting better and better. After Tour de Pologne I'll take a couple days of rest. My next race will be Tour de l'Ain, then again some rest and easy training rides. And the Vuelta.

Marczyński finished 13th in Vuelta a Espana in 2012.

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