2020 Remco Evenepoel
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Racing in times of a pandemic

The 77th Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour was an exceptional race. It was originally scheduled to take place in July, but due to the corona virus pandemic, it was postponed until August and reduced to five stages. Thus, the Tour de Pologne opened the second half of the season and attracted the attention of many excellent riders. Those who came to Poland included among others world champion Mads Pedersen, the winner of the Giro d'Italia Richard Carapaz, the winner of Tour de France’s mountain classification Rafał Majka, and such other excellent contestants as Jakob Fuglsang, Pascal Ackermann, Simon Yates and Remco Evenepoel. The race started at the Śląsk Stadium in Chorzów, and the route led through the Śląsk and Małopolska provinces. In recognition of this year’s Tour de Pologne coinciding with the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Saint John Paul II, the race included a visit to the Polish Pope’s hometown of Wadowice.

A victory for Fabio

The rivalry began with Fabio Jakobsen’s dramatic accident at the finish of the first stage. Jostled by Dylan Groenewegen, the cyclist collided with the barrier rails at great speed and suffered serious injuries. Fortunately, thanks to medical assistance, he won the most important fight of all and was able to return home. The next stages involved some fascinating competition and amazing victories for the favourites. Mads Pedersen finished first in Zabrze, Richard Carapaz came in first in Bielsko-Biała, and Remco Evenepoel in Bukowina Tatrzańska. His 50 kilometre charge and victory way ahead of anyone else, with Fabio Jakobsen’s entry number in his hands will be permanently inscribed in the history of cycling. The last stage in Krakow was won by another member of the Deceuninck Quick-Step Cycling team – Davide Ballerini, but it was Evenepoel who enjoyed the final victory.

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Polish riders showed off their best in the race. Rafał Majka took fourth place in the CARREFOUR general classification, Patryk Stosz won the PZU Best Mountain climb classification, and Maciej Paterski was rated the Most Active LOTTO Competitor. Kamil Małecki also deserved recognition, impressing everyone by racing ahead at the royal stage in Bukowina Tatrzańska and taking a high sixth place in the general classification.

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A cycling diamond

The winner of the 77th Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour is considered by many to be the greatest talent in the cycling peloton in recent years. He himself dedicated his victory to Fabio Jakobsen. We experienced really difficult times after Fabio's accident. Those were long and sleepless nights. But that moment also showed what close friends we all are. Then came the good news that gave us encouragement and new strength. Before the fourth leg, I decided to take Fabio's entry number with me. When I was given it, I felt something unusual. And I felt I had to do my best regardless of the hardships the stage involved. I knew it was going to be very hard but then, he was suffering even more.

2019 Paweł Siwakow
2018 MICHAŁ KWIATKOWSKI
2017 DYLAN TEUNS
2016 TIM WELLENS
2015 Ion Izagirre
2014 Rafał Majka
2013 Pieter Weening
2012 Moreno Moser
2011 Peter Sagan
2010 Daniel Martin
2009 Allesandro Ballan
2008 Jens Voigt
2007 JOHAN VANSUMMEREN
2006 STEFAN SCHUMACHER
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