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The Tour de Pologne wraps up three hard days in the mountains with an easier stage Saturday. (TIm de Waele photo.)
The Tour de Pologne wraps up three hard days in the mountains with an easier stage Saturday. (TIm de Waele photo.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 6: Time Gap In Question

6. agosto 2010

Terma Bukowina Tatrzańska, Poland

Mauro Santambrogio finished fourth and teammate Alessandro Ballan was sixth for the BMC Racing Team on Friday's penultimate stage of the Tour de Pologne. But a crash at the finish line and subsequent protest of the results left the overall standings in question.

Finish Line Crash
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said he spoke with the officials about a two-second gap in the results within a 12-man group that finished together. A split occurred as riders braked to avoid Grega Bole (Lampre-Farnese), who crashed as he crossed the rain-slickened finish line. "I've spoken with the commissaires because there was a sprint finish with a crash," Baldato said. "The two seconds is the difference between fourth and fifth overall for Alessandro."

Wyss, Stalder Help Santambrogio
In provisional standings, Ballan slipped from third to fifth, 21 seconds behind Daniel Martin (Garmin-Transitions). Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) soloed to win the 228-kilometer race that included seven climbs. Santambrogio's finish was all the more impressive, considering he had to chase back from a flat tire with 20 km to go. "Danilo (Wyss) and Florian (Stalder) helped me, so a big thanks to them," Santambrogio said. "It was a very, very difficult day in the rain. Tomorrow's last stage is easier and I just hope to protect my seventh place on the overall."