Moreno Moser is the strongest contender in the 2012 Tour de Pologne. The young rider from Trento riding for Team Liquigas-Cannondale decidedly won the sixth stage of the Tour de Pologne, the reigning stage in the 2012 edition. Stage victory and the yellow Skandia jersey were his. On the 5 laps of the challenging and spectacular circuit in Bukowina Tatrzanka, in the heart of the Tatra mountians for a total of 191.8 km with 10 MGPs, Moser beat Colombian Sergio Luis Henao-Montoya (Team Sky) and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma Quick-Step). Thanks to the bonus seconds earned with today's victory Moser reclaimed the yellow jersey from Pole Kwiatkowski, who is now behind him in the classification by only 5”.
To animate the stage there was the breakaway of five runners the Czech Roman Kreuziger (Astana), the Poles Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil) and Bartosz Huzarski (Reprezentacja Polski), the Dutch Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) and British Ian Stannard (Team Sky), which reached a maximum advantage of about five minutes with the group but did not leave too much space especially pulled by the men Omega Pharma Quick-Step, of the yellow jersey Kwiatkowski, and Team Sky. On the last lap the race is really inflamed, annulled the breakaway on the penultimate climb the Colombian Henao-Montoya going to attack and skimming the yellow jersey group, where they were only the best. Henao-Montoya resisted in his attempt and in the last kilometre, when it looked like he was about to make it, he got caught by a fantastic Moreno Moser, who jumped on him near the arrival and went on to win his second stage at the Tour de Pologne after the inaugural stage in Karpacz, taking back the yellow jersey after all.
“It was a very hard stage but I knew that this stage was perfect for my skills and so I could try to get back the jersey” explains Moser. “On the last climb I got a little cramp but fortunately I recovered right away and on the final straightaway, when I saw Montoya right in front of me I concentrated only on giving it my all to get onto his tyre and get a jump on him. It was a perfect day, I managed to clinch my second victory and, best of all, to recapture the yellow jersey. The only shame is that I didn't manage to get a few seconds more between myself and Kwiatkowski. Five seconds can be a lot or not, there is still one stage left and there will also be intermediary mileposts with bonus seconds. To win the Tour the entire team and I will have to be careful up to the very last metre."
"I was expecting a difficult stage and so it was” says Kwiatkowski. “I did everything possible to hang on to the yellow jersey and I thank all my team mates for their excellent job. In the last metres Moser took off super strong and I really did my best to stay on him but unfortunately the bonus seconds allowed him to take back the jersey. There's still a stage to go; tomorrow there will be the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint, it won't be easy to recapture the jersey, but if is it possible I’ll try”.
This Tour de Pologne thus turned out to be more thrilling and unpredictable than ever, with a mere 5” separating the first two men in the general classification with just the last stage left to go, the seventh, on the fast circuit in Krakow.
The other classifications. Poland's Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil) thanks to the points earned in today's break, is the new cyclamen Tauron jersey for the MGPs. Pole Adrian Kurek (Utensilnord Named), hangs on to the red Fiat jersey as the most active rider in the group. Michail Kwiatkowski took the white-red Lang Team jersey for the points' classification. Team Sky leads the team classification.