Back-to-back breakaways? Why not, Mads Würtz Schmidt must have thought at the beginning of the stage, when he jumped from the peloton once again.

“I thought today was a better chance for the break than yesterday,” he said. “It was pretty easy to get into it today, so I thought, ‘why not?’”

Yesterday, Würtz and his four breakaway companions worked well together in the hilly lands of the southeast of Poland, defending an advantage of thirty seconds a long time after the final climb. The Dane got caught with only two kilometers remaining to the line.

Tour de Pologne 2022 – 79th Edition – 5th stage Lancut – Rzeszow 178,1 km – 03/08/2022 – Scenery – Fans – Supporters – photo Ilario Biondi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

According to the Dane, this time the ‘right-sized group’ went up the road: eight riders. Würtz felt one of the strongest in the group, which he proved in the last hour of racing.

“On the penultimate climb, Sean Quinn and I went together. We went all in. We both believed in making it to the line.”

Unfortunately for our former Danish road race champion, they got caught with three kilometers to go. “Disappointing,” he said, “but in the end it was a good day. I am happy with my legs here in Poland and that makes me confident for the rest of the season.”