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2015 Tour de Pologne
2015 UCI World Tour, race 20 of 28
Race details
Dates 2–8 August 2015
Stages 7
Distance 1,076 km (668.6 mi)
Winning time 26h 04' 38"
Results
Winner  Jon Izagirre (ESP) (Movistar Team)
  Second  Bart De Clercq (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Third  Ben Hermans (BEL) (BMC Racing Team)

Points  Marcel Kittel (GER) (Team Giant–Alpecin)
Mountains  Maciej Paterski (POL) (CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice)
Sprints  Kamil Gradek (POL) (Poland)
  Team Lotto-Soudal
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The 2015 Tour de Pologne was the 72nd edition of the Tour de Pologne stage race. It took place from 2 to 8 August and was the twentieth race of the 2015 UCI World Tour.[1][2] It was won by the Spanish cyclist Jon Izagirre.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Stage Date Route Distance Type Winner
1 2 August Warsaw to Warsaw 122 km (76 mi)   Flat stage   Marcel Kittel (GER)
2 3 August Czestochowa to Dabrowa Górnicza 146 km (91 mi)   Flat stage   Matteo Pelucchi (ITA)
3 4 August Zawiercie to Katowice 166 km (103 mi)   Flat stage   Matteo Pelucchi (ITA)
4 5 August Jaworzno to Nowy Sacz 220 km (137 mi)   Medium-mountain stage   Maciej Bodnar (POL)
5 6 August Nowy Sacz to Zakopane 223 km (139 mi)   Mountain stage   Bart De Clercq (BEL)
6 7 August Bukowina Terma Hotel Spa to Bukowina Tatrzańska 174 km (108 mi)   Mountain stage   Sergio Henao (COL)
7 8 August Kraków to Kraków 25 km (16 mi)   Individual time trial   Marcin Białobłocki (POL)

Participating teamsEdit

As the Tour de Pologne is a UCI World Tour event, all seventeen UCI Pro Teams were invited automatically and obliged to enter a team into the race. Two wildcard teams were also given places: CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice and a Polish national team.[3]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

National teams

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

2 August 2015 — Warsaw to Warsaw, 122 km (75.8 mi)

The 2015 Tour de Pologne begins in Warsaw, with the shortest road stage of the entire race. After starting at the National Stadium, to make up the parcours of 122 km (75.8 mi), the peloton will complete ten laps of a circuit 12.2 km (7.6 mi). On the ninth lap, there will be an intermediate sprint at the Krasiński Square, whilst the sole categorised climb will be a third category ascent on the seventh lap, on the Karowa Street. Then, a sprint finish is expected, largely due to the very flat profile of the stage.

Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin 2h 43' 13"
2   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 0"
3   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 0"
4   Dennis Van Winden (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo + 0"
5   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
6   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
7   Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana + 0"
8   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 0"
9   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step + 0"
10   Jon Izaguirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 0"
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin 2h 43' 13"
2   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 4"
3   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 6"
4   Dennis Van Winden (NED) LottoNL–Jumbo + 10"
5   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 10"
6   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 10"
7   Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana + 10"
8   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 10"
9   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step + 10"
10   Jon Izaguirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 10"

Stage 2Edit

3 August 2015 — Częstochowa to Dąbrowa Górnicza, 146 km (90.7 mi)

The second stage will take the riders into Silesia. After the start in Częstochowa, the peloton will head southwards towards the Silesian Metropolis. The intermediate sprints of the day will be in Siewierz and Będzin. There will also be two categorised climbs, again in Będzin but also in Dąbrowa Górnicza, where five laps of a 10 km (6.2 mi) circuit will be held. Again, it is predicted that the sprinters will dominate.

Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Matteo Pelucchi (ITA) IAM Cycling 3h 20' 12"
2   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin + 0"
3   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
4   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
5   Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 0"
6   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 0"
7   Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky + 0"
8   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Cannondale–Garmin + 0"
9   Mitchell Docker (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 0"
10   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin 6h 03' 09"
2   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 10"
3   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 12"
4   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 12"
5   Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 13"
6   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 16"
7   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 16"
8   Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky + 16"
9   Nikias Arndt (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin + 16"
10   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 16"

Stage 3Edit

4 August 2015 — Zawiercie to Katowice, 166 km (103.1 mi)

The last stage designed for the sprinters is held within the Silesian Metropolis. After the start in Zawiercie, the peloton will head east towards Tarnowskie Góry, where a special sprint will take place. Then, the riders will turn south-east and pass through Piekary Śląskie, Chorzów and Siemanowice Śląskie, each of which will host an intermediate sprint, before entering a finishing circuit 14.7 km (9.1 mi) in length, to be completed four times. On the second lap, there will be a third-category mountains sprint at the Korfantego street, and then on the fourth lap there will be a third-category mountains sprint at the Góreckiego street. The final 1 km (0.6 mi) is downhill, and speeds there reach 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). The road is being used continuously since 2010 and saw victories for Yauheni Hutarovich, Marcel Kittel in 2011, Aidis Kruopis in 2012, Taylor Phinney in 2013 and Jonas Vangenechten the year before.

Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Matteo Pelucchi (ITA) IAM Cycling 3h 48' 41"
2   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
3   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL–Jumbo + 0"
4   Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 0"
5   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 0"
6   Gianni Meersman (BEL) Etixx–Quick-Step + 0"
7   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin + 0"
8   Paweł Franczak (POL) Polish National Team + 0"
9   Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana + 0"
10   Roger Kluge (GER) IAM Cycling + 0"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1   Marcel Kittel (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin 9h 51' 50"
2   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 6"
3   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 10"
4   Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 10"
5   Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 12"
6   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL–Jumbo + 12"
7   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 16"
8   Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky + 16"
9   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 16"
10   Nikias Arndt (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin + 16"

Stage 4Edit

5 August 2015 — Jaworzno to Nowy Sącz, 220 km (136.7 mi)

The first stage which is not due to finish in a sprint. On the long parcours of 220 km (136.7 mi), there will be three categorised mountains - a second-category affair in Gruszowice, a first-category climb in Wysokie and an imposing first-category climb to Trzetrzewina. The maximum gradient there is 18%. The sole intermediate sprint is located in Wadowice, prior to the climbing. After the descent from Trzetrzewina, the peloton will complete three loops of a 7.6 km (4.7 mi) circuit in Nowy Sacz, to conclude the day's running.

Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Maciej Bodnar (POL) Tinkoff-Saxo 5h 14' 29"
2   Kamil Zieliński (POL) Polish National Team + 0"
3   Gatis Smukulis (LAT) Team Katusha + 0"
4   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 20"
5   Luka Mezgec (SLO) Team Giant–Alpecin + 20"
6   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL–Jumbo + 20"
7   Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) Cannondale–Garmin + 20"
8   Silvan Dillier (SUI) BMC Racing Team + 20"
9   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 20"
10   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 20"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1   Kamil Zieliński (POL) Polish National Team 15h 6' 27"
2   Maciej Bodnar (POL) Tinkoff-Saxo + 3"
3   Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE + 22"
4   Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 22"
5   Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL–Jumbo + 24"
6   Sébastien Turgot (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 28"
7   Lorenzo Manzin (FRA) FDJ + 28"
8   Salvatore Puccio (ITA) Team Sky + 28"
9   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step + 28"
10   Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana + 28"

Stage 5Edit

6 August 2015 — Nowy Sącz to Zakopane, 223 km (138.6 mi)

The longest stage of the race is also the first mountainous stage, featuring eight categorised climbs. After starting from the previous day's finish site, Nowy Sacz, the peloton will firstly head south to get to Zakopane and will enter the finishing circuit half-way through it. They will pass through the first-category ascents of Ząb and Gubałówka (used for the first time) before passing through the finish line for the first time. From then, the riders will complete two laps of a circuit 54.4 km (33.8 mi) in length. This includes the first-category Głodówka and the previously mentioned Ząb and Gubałówka ascents. On the last lap, there are two intermediate sprints, held in Poronin and Koscielisko.

Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Bart De Clercq (BEL) Lotto Soudal 05h 48' 49
2   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida +3"
3   Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) IAM Cycling +3"
4   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky +7"
5   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team +7"
6   Davide Rebellin (ITA) CCC Sprandi Polkowice +7"
7   Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +7"
8   Christophe Riblon (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +7"
9   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +7"
10   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +7"
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1   Bart De Clercq (BEL) Lotto Soudal 20h 55' 42
2   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida +4"
3   Davide Formolo (ITA) Cannondale-Garmin +6"
4   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team +9"
5   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +9"
6   Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) IAM Cycling +9"
7   Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +15"
8   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky +16"
9   Christophe Riblon (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +17"
10   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +17"

Stage 6Edit

7 August 2015 — Bukowina Terma Hotel Spa to Bukowina Tatrzańska, 174 km (108.1 mi)

The queen stage of the 2014 Tour de Pologne is, since 2011, a circuit race around Bukowina Tatrzańska (although the village was visited in 2010). To make up the parcours of 174 km, the peloton will firstly completed a 5 km ride to Zakopane, three 5.3 km loops around Zakopane on which were two special sprints, a return 5 km ride before entering a 38.4 km loop to be completed four times. Each loop featured three climbs - a first category ascent to Ząb, with gradients reaching 11.5%, a first category ascent to Gliczarów Górny, with gradients reaching a huge 21.5% and the final, uncategorised ascent to Bukowina Tatrzańska. In total, the riders completed nearly 4000m of climbing during the stage. This stage should be the most decisive in the general classification.

Stage 6 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky 04h 38' 27"
2   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida +8"
3   Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin +8"
4   Christophe Riblon (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +8"
5   Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +8"
6   Mikel Nieve (ESP) Team Sky +11"
7   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team +11"
8   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +11"
9   Davide Formolo (ITA) Cannondale-Garmin +11"
10   Bart De Clercq (BEL) Lotto Soudal +16"
General Classification after Stage 6
Rider Team Time
1   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky 25h 34' 15"
2   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida +0"
3   Bart De Clercq (BEL) Lotto Soudal +10"
4   Davide Formolo (ITA) Cannondale-Garmin +11"
5   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team +14"
6   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +14"
7   Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +17"
8   Christophe Riblon (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +19"
9   Mikel Nieve (ESP) Team Sky +22"
10   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +27"

Stage 7Edit

8 August 2015 — Kraków to Kraków, 25 km (15.5 mi), individual time trial (ITT)

The last stage will be a time trial starting and finishing at the Main Square in Kraków. The route was identical to that of last year, and had the riders head south-east towards Wieliczka, before completing a u-turn in Wieliczka and heading north-west back to Kraków. Despite being virtually pan-flat, this stage is also scheduled to have a large impact on the general classification. As is customary of time trial stages, cyclists will set off in reverse order from where they were ranked in the general classification at the end of the previous stage.

Stage 7 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Marcin Białobłocki (POL) Polish National Team 28' 45"
2   Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Team Sky +2"
3   Rick Flens (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo +59"
4   Damien Howson (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE +1' 09"
5   Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL) Lotto-Soudal +1' 16"
6   Patrick Gretsch (GER) AG2R La Mondiale +1' 23"
7   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team +1' 24"
8   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +1' 25"
9   Riccardo Zoidl (AUT) Trek Factory Racing +1' 26"
10   Maciej Bodnar (POL) Tinkoff-Saxo +1' 26"
General Classification
Rider Team Time
1   Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team 26h 04' 38"
2   Bart De Clercq (BEL) Lotto-Soudal +2"
3   Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team +3"
4   Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha +14"
5   Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +15"
6   Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida +19"
7   Christophe Riblon (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +40"
8   Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky +54"
9   Davide Formolo (ITA) Cannondale-Garmin +1' 23"
10   Mikel Nieve (ESP) Team Sky +1' 32"

Category leadership tableEdit

Stage Winner General classification
 
Żółta koszulka
Skandia
Points classification
 
Klasyfikacja punktowa
Lang Team
Mountains classification
 
Klasyfikacja górska
Tauron
Intermediate Sprints Classification
 
Klasyfikacja najaktywniejszych
Lotto
Teams classification
Klasyfikacja drużynowa
Best Polish rider
Najlepszy Polak
Lotos
1 Marcel Kittel Marcel Kittel Marcel Kittel Adrian Kurek Matej Mohorič LottoNL–Jumbo Michał Kwiatkowski
2 Matteo Pelucchi Kamil Gradek
3 Marcin Białobłocki
4 Maciej Bodnar Kamil Zieliński Kamil Zieliński Kamil Gradek Tinkoff–Saxo Kamil Zieliński
5 Bart De Clercq Bart De Clercq Grega Bole BMC Racing Team Tomasz Marczyński
6 Sergio Henao Sergio Henao Maciej Paterski Lotto–Soudal
7 Marcin Białobłocki Jon Izagirre
Final Jon Izagirre Marcel Kittel Maciej Paterski Kamil Gradek Lotto-Soudal Tomasz Marczyński
Notes
  • In stage two, Caleb Ewan, who was second in the points classification, wore the white jersey, because first placed Marcel Kittel wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification. Also, in stages three and four, Niccolò Bonifazio wore the white jersey for the same reason.
  • In stage five, Gatis Smukulis, who was second in the mountains classification, wore the fuchsia jersey, because first placed Kamil Zieliński wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UCI confirm WorldTour Calendar 2015". Cycling News. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 UCI Calendar". UCI. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Tour de Pologne (PDF). Warsaw: Lang Team Sp. z o.o. 2015. pp. 12–13. 

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