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Martin retains lead at Tour of Poland

Garmin-Transition’s Daniel Martin kept the leader’s jersey in the Tour of Poland after Friday’s sixth and penultimats stage, a 228.5km ride from Oswiecim to Bukowina Tatrzanska.

Martin had moved into the overall lead after scoring a win on stage five on Thursday.

On Friday, Rabobank’s Bauke Mollema attacked 3km from the finish of a mountainous stage and soloed to the line seven seconds ahead of Michael Albasini (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Grega Bole (Lampre-Farnese Vini) who remains in second on GC. Along the way the riders observed a minute’s silence at Auschwitz to commemorate Holocaust victims before negotiating six first-category climbs prior to an uphill finish.

Martin conceded two seconds in the sprint to the line but finished safely in the bunch in seventh place. Martin now holds an eight-second lead over Bole on GC and another two seconds on the third-placed Mollema.

Saturday’s final stage to Krakow starts out with a series of climbs, but flattens out near the finish. Most observers are predicting the day will end in a sprint finish, an outcome that would nearly guarantee Martin’s hold on the jersey, giving the 23-year-old the biggest win of his career.

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