Georg Preidler (team Groupama-FDJ) from Austria won the sixth stage of Tour de Pologne race and Polish cyclist Michał Kwiatkowski (team Sky) retained the leader’s yellow jersey.
The sixth stage lead from Zakopane to Bukovina Resort in Bukowina Tatrzańska (both southern Poland). As many as 12 climbs were on the route of the stage, where points for the mountain classification could be picked up. At the beginning, the main pack did not allow any of the cyclists to break away.
Finally, nine cyclists left the main group: Polish cyclist Łukasz Owsian (team CCC Sprandi Polkowice), former Portuguese World Champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Patrick Konrad from Austria (team Bora-hansgrohe), Spaniard Carlos Verona (Mitchelton Scott), Nans Peters from France (team AG2R), Louis Vervaeke from Belgium (team Sunweb), Lars Boom from the Netherlands (team LottoNL-Jumbo), Jhonatan Restrepo from Colombia (team Katusha) and Valerio Agnoli from Italy (team Bahrain-Merida).
The lead of the breakaway was around two minutes, but just ahead of the last climb the main group with the race leader, Michał Kwiatkowski, caught up the escaping cyclists. Łukasz Owsian managed to be the first on the climb and became the leader of the mountain classification of the race.
Several cyclists tried to escape the main group but none of them was successful until Georg Preidler attacked on the final kilometer of the stage. His attempt allowed him to achieve one of the most important victories in his career.
Just behind him was a real struggle for the top places. Finally, German cyclist Emanuel Buchmann (team Bora-hansgrohe) was in the second position. Michał Kwiatkowski finished the stage in the third place.
Kwiatkowski’s position gave him a four second bonus and he currently has a 16 second lead over Dylan Teuns from Belgium (team BMC) who holds the second position in the general classification.
The final “royal” stage around Bukowina Tatrzańska will be held on Friday.