The fifth stage of Tour de Pologne, from Olimp Nagawczyna to Rzeszów, was 130 kilometres long and the shortest of this edition together with the opening stage. After yesterday’s rather flat finale today’s stage brought the riders onto hilly terrain. Immediately after the start five riders, including Maxime Monfort, escaped the peloton. They got a maximal advantage of three minutes. Monfort was accompanied by Moser, Schachmann, Tolhoek and Van Garderen. Schachmann crashed with 26 kilometres to go, thus four riders remained at the front. The peloton raised the pace, considerably reducing the gap. Tejay Van Garderen attacked on the last climb of the day, while the bunch reeled in his former companions. The American created a gap of eighteen seconds, but he was caught at three kilometres from the finish. The peloton split due to a crash in the last kilometre. Danny van Poppel was the first to cross the finish line, ahead of Luka Mezgec and Peter Sagan. World champion Peter Sagan reinforced his lead on GC, by taking four bonus seconds in the sprint.

Maxime Monfort rode aggressively and won two out of three KOM prizes. Tomorrow he will wear the magenta jersey as leader in the mountains classification.

Maxime Monfort: “The goal this morning was to get into the break of the day and to try to win the stage. We formed a nice front group of five and cooperated well, but the peloton didn’t give us a sufficient lead. I decided to aim for the KOM jersey. I am really glad I can wear it tomorrow. We will try to defend the jersey, but our main goal remains winning a stage.”