Bos Sprints to Stage 3 Victory in Tour de Pologne 2014
Team Belkin-Linksys rider Theo Bos won the third stage of the 2014 Tour of Poland today when he was the first rider to cross the finish line in Rszesow as the 176 kilometer stage reached its climax.
Bos' teammates supported and delivered Bos effectively, after which Bos himself accelerated further in the final kilometer and bettered Team Giant-Shimano’s Luka Mezgec. Team GreenEdge's Michael Matthews finished third, while BMC Racing Team's veteran sprint ace Thor Hushovd finished fifth.
“I had to fight for the right wheel as there were many corners in the final," Bos explained. "When I was at the front, I had an advantage because the others couldn’t easily move up. I was able to maintain myself easily and in a decent position. I was able to narrowly beat Mezgec. This is a nice revenge for the Handzame Classic in which he defeated me."
"I have worked hard for this. In Wallonia things didn’t go my way, but last night, I felt that I was going to be good. Most of the time, I’m right when I feel that. I told the boys this morning about my good legs and during the race, everything fell into place. I would have liked to pull the sprint for Barry today, because he has done a lot for me this season, but things panned out differently."
"I didn’t think Theo looked very strong during the first days and so I decided that we would ride for Barry today,” Team Belkin-Linksys Sports Director Michiel Elijzen explained and added "I knew Theo would be motivated and that he would have a good day, as he usually performs slightly better when the pressure is low. That he actually won, is pretty cool. Barry Markus, Paul Martens and Theo lost each other in the hectic final, after which Theo made a good decision to go for himself."
"This is the big win he was waiting for," continued Elijzen. "Theo and I work closely together throughout the season. If he’s at his best, he’s one of the best sprinters in the world. Theo and I both think that he didn’t perform as well as he could have so far.
“Today he had that extra motivation that he needs at times and showed that he can bring a sprint to a good end even without a train. That was really nice to see, although I have to say that the team did a very strong lead-out.”
Petr Vakoc (Team Omega Pharma - QuickStep - Specialized) continues to lead the Tour of Poland general classification before Wednesday's stage 4. Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R La Mondiale - Focus Bikes) and Theo Bos are in second and third position, respectively, 27 seconds behind Vakoc.
"Tomorrow, I don’t expect that Vakoc’s jersey will be in danger. The course is similar to today’s, though the finale is a bit harder on paper," Elijzen commented.