Liquigas-Cannondale’s Slovak phenom, Peter Sagan, won Wednesday’s stage 4 of the 2011 Tour of Poland, taking over the race lead from Skil-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel, who won the race’s first three stages.
Sagan won the hilly 177km stage from Oświęcim to Cieszyn in 4:21:15, three seconds ahead of Garmin-Cervelo’s Dan Martin, the defending overall champion at the Polish tour. Sagan now leads the GC by five seconds ahead of Marci Marcato (Vacansoleil), who finished third on the stage, at the same time as Martin. Martin is now fourth.
“To win is always a beautiful sensation,” Sagan said. “Everything was perfect. The legs responded and the finale was perfect for my characteristics. The sensations are better with each day. This is my first race back after training at altitude and the payback is brilliant. My objective now is to try to win the overall, but tomorrow will be a difficult day because it favors the climbs, but I will try to defend.”
Friday’s stage 5 is five laps of a circuit starting and finishing in Zakopane, for a total of 202km. Each of the five laps includes two categorized climbs.
- 1. Peter SAGAN, (SVK) Liquigas-Cannondale, in 4:21:15
- 2. Daniel MARTIN, (IRL) Garmin-Cervelo, at 3
- 3. Marco MARCATO, (ITA) Vacansoleil-Dcm, at 3
- 4. Paul MARTENS, (GER) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 3
- 5. Fabian WEGMANN, (GER) Leopard-Trek, at 3
- 1. Peter SAGAN, (Slovakia) Liquigas-Cannondale, in 13:16:35
- 2. Marco MARCATO, (Italy) Vacansoleil-Dcm, at 5
- 3. Romain FEILLU, (France) Vacansoleil-Dcm, at 7
- 4. Daniel MARTIN, (Ireland) Garmin-Cervelo, at 7
- 5. Manuel Antonio Leal CARDOSO, (Portugal) Team RadioShack, at 13