GEORGE HARPER SPRINTS TO 5TH IN FINAL STAGE OF CCC TOUR | ONE Pro Cycling

The weather was less than spring like for the 3rd and final stage of the CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie, as the peloton rolled out of Glogow in heavy rain on their way to the finishing line in Polkowice.

In a similar reaction to the previous stages, a number of attacks were attempted from the gun and the pace of the peloton was intense as riders attempted to jump clear.

After just 7km of racing, two riders including Kamil Gradek opened up a small advantage over the peloton. Less than 3km later the leaders were joined by two chasing riders, followed shortly afterwards by one additional lone rider, creating a strong lead group of five. As the break surged past the 57km marker, the maximum advantage over the peloton was 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Meanwhile, the bunch being led by the yellow jersey team of Wibatech 7R Fuji , decided it was time to reel in the leaders. Chipping away at the advantage, the break found themselves within 1 minute and 25 seconds of the bunch by kilometre 70.

The break was reduced to just four individuals as one member suffered a puncture and was forced to return to the peloton. Heading towards the finish the lead group were working well together, managing to hold off the peloton by 45 seconds as they began to negotiate two 26km laps of a finishing circuit. With 13km remaining Kamil Gradek launched a gutsy solo attack in an attempt to try and hold off the peloton, however with the sprinters teams in full control he was quickly brought back as everything came back together.

With the rain falling hard there were a few crashes on the greasy roads, coming into the finish ONE Pro Cycling worked to set up George Harper for the bunch sprint, Harper unleashed his sprint early amidst the carnage crossing the line in a credible 5th place.

Kiwi James Oram held on to his 8th place on the General Classification while U23 rider Tom Baylis finished 15th overall, rounding off a solid weekend for the team.