Olav Kooij won a stage, Gerben Thijssen took his first World Tour victory, Pascal Ackermann was also allowed to celebrate and Phil Bauhaus was already on the highest scaffold.
Arnaud Démare was left empty-handed every time in the bunch sprints. Until today. The fast man from Groupama – FDJ sprinted faster than Olav Kooij and Phil Bauhaus in the streets of Krakow.
Thanks to perfect timing, the Frenchman took the lead very late. He took advantage of the slipstream of the other sprinters and only got caught up in the wind in the last meters.
At the finish, Démare was more than a bike length ahead of his closest pursuers. With the win, he also secured the white jersey, the points classification in the Tour of Poland.
Thymen Arensman and Pello Bilbao had no plan in mind to knock Ethan Hayter off the lead. The Brit of Ineos Grenadiers took his first overall victory in a World Tour level stage race.