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The Tour de Pologne switches from sprint stages to tougher terrain Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The Tour de Pologne switches from sprint stages to tougher terrain Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 3: Kristoff Sixth

2. August 2011

Katowice, Poland

Alexander Kristoff finished sixth for the BMC Racing Team Tuesday at the Tour de Pologne as race leader Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) won his third straight stage.

Kristoff Sixth Overall

Kristoff said he felt "just OK" after being involved in a crash Monday that knocked teammate Alessandro Ballan out of the race. "Danilo (Wyss) did a heck of a job for me, but my legs were missing some power," he said. "It's disappointing to not get a better result with the position I had with a kilometer to go." Kristoff is still the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider – sixth overall, 24 seconds behind Kittel – as the race transitions from sprint stages to more challenging terrain. "The race for the GC (general classification) really starts tomorrow," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers. "Mauro Santambrogio is far and away our guy now that we don't have Ballan."