Alex Dowsett (Movistar) claimed the final stage of the Tour of Poland, a 25 kilometre time trial, 22 seconds ahead of his team mate Jonathan Castroviejo, with Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) a further 17 seconds back in third.
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) finished in 13th place, 1:31 down on the stage winner, doing more than enough to retain his race lead and take out the overall classification, 4:22 ahead of Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), with Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac) in third, a further 32 seconds back.
After the penultimate stage had to be cancelled due to torrential rain, riders were left with just the 25 kilometre time trial to shake up the overall classification. However, with race leader Wellens holding a commanding overall lead, especially over the powerful time trial riders in the field, it was highly unlikely that his lead would be under threat. With the course featuring a flat out and back course, it favoured strong time trial riders like Dowsett, Castroviejo, and Svein Tuft (Orica-Bike Exchange).
After the tough mountain stage the riders faced on stage five, many of these riders found themselves towards the back of the general classification, which meant an early start in the time trial. Dowsett was among the first ten starters on the day, and charged around the course to stop the clock at 28:59, quite predictably setting a target for the other riders to chase. However, only Dowsett’s team mate Castroviejo managed to come within 30 seconds of the leading time, crossing the line 22 seconds down on Dowsett, with Roglic 39 seconds off the lead.
There was another battle being fought as well, for although race leader Wellens started the stage with a very healthy 4:05 lead over Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) in second, there were four other riders within 90 second of Formolo. This meant that the fight for second and third place on the podium was very much on.
Wellens performed well, taking 13th place, 1:31 down on Dowsett, to secure his overall win. Felline was the best of the other podium contenders, finishing in sixth on the stage, 49 seconds off Dowsett’s time, to move up into second overall, with Bettiol, who finished in eighth overall, moving into third overall. Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac), who had started the day in second place, could only manage 52nd place on the stage, 2:32 down on the stage winner, dropping him to fourth overall. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) also slipped off the overall podium after taking 34th on the stage, 2:03 off the stage winner, dropping him to fifth overall.
Dion Smith (ONE Pro Cycling) finished in 49th place, 2:24 off the lead, finishing the tour in 35th place overall, 27:48 off the time of tour winner Wellens.