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Neilson Powless has finished second in the final stage of the Tour de Pologne. The American rider from Team Jumbo-Visma was not able to catch the escaped Matej Mohoric. Jonas Vingegaard, who started the stage in the leader’s jersey, could not maintain his leading position.
Team Jumbo-Visma controlled the stage after a leading group had escaped. At forty kilometres from the finish, both the leading group and the peloton fell apart. Vingegaard was unable to follow the first group, which caused him to lose his leading position in the GC.
Powless was able to quickly flip a switch when it turned out that Vingegaard was having a bad day. “The goal today was to help Jonas win the GC win. Unfortunately, he was not as good as we had hoped for, so I was allowed to go for my own chance. In the final I was able to chase Mohoric, but unfortunately, we didn’t go fast enough. The collaboration was not optimal. I felt good, so it’s a shame I missed the stage win.”
“Until the peloton really started to go full gas, it looked good for us”, sports director Addy Engels said. “Unfortunately, Jonas had to let go of the first group. That is unfortunate, but given his age and yesterday’s performance, it’s not inexplicable. Neilson did well when he was told that he could go for his own chance. His second place is a great result for him and for the team. We can look back on a good sporting week, though overshadowed by the death of Bjorg Lambrecht. That goes beyond everything.”