Sunday 17 December 2017

CYCLING: Martin hits front in Poland

Ireland's Daniel Martin won the sixth and toughest stage of the Tour de Pologne yesterday to take the overall race lead.

Martin, a Garmin-Cervelo rider who won last year's race, finished the mountainous 207.7 km (129 miles) route from Terma Bukovina to Bukowina Tatrzanska in 5hrs 41 mins 5secs.

Dutchman Wout Poels was one second behind and his Vacansoleil-DCM team-mate Marco Marcato of Italy finished third, four seconds off the pace.

In the overall standings, Martin has a three-second lead over Marcato and Peter Sagan of Slovakia.

The race finishes Saturday with a 128-kilometer run on flat terrain, starting and finishing in Krakow.

Meanwhile, Mark Cavendish has said he will wait until next week before announcing where his future lies.

His HTC-Highroad team will fold at the end of the year and the widely held assumption is that the 20-time Tour de France stage winner will be joining Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky.

Irish Independent

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