Ethan Hayter won the Tour of Poland on Friday. In the final stage to Krakow, the 23-year-old Briton’s leading position in the general classification was no longer endangered. Arnaud Démare won the final stage.
British Hayter had taken the lead in the Polish stage race from the WorldTour in the climbing time trial won by Thymen Arensman on Thursday. Arensman climbed to second place in the standings in the time trial, eleven seconds behind Hayter, but the final stage did not lend itself to an attack on the yellow leader’s jersey. The 22-year-old Gelderlander of Team DSM finished second in the stage race.
The victory in the final seventh stage over 177.8 kilometers from Skawina to Krakow went to Démare. The Frenchman, who booked three stage victories in the Tour of Italy earlier this year, was the strongest in the bunch sprint.
Olav Kooij crossed the finish line in second place in Krakow. The Dutch sprinter from Jumbo-Visma, winner of the first stage in the Tour of Poland, started the sprint from afar. Démare, however, overtook him on the other side of the road. The German Phil Bauhaus finished third, Marijn van den Berg (EF Education) finished sixth.
The final stage was colored by a long flight of a few adventurers, of whom Alessandro de Marchi stayed in front the longest. The 36-year-old Italian was joined by a rider from AG2R Citroën ten kilometers from the finish, but the two escapees were caught by the chasing peloton just before the start of the last round of 5.1 kilometers through Krakow.