Kittel wins Poland opener
Sun, 31 Jul 14:59:00 2011
Germany's Marcel Kittel took the opening stage of the Tour de Poland after winning the 101.5km ride through Warsaw and the surrounding areas.
The Skil-Shimano rider won the sprint through the streets of the Polish capital to record a time of two hours, seven minutes and 16 seconds, a second ahead of Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Italy's Francesco Chicchi.
The win is the first stage victory of the 23-year-old's career in a World Tour event.
Adrian Kurek took the red jersey for his part in the only escape of the day which featured six riders including Kurek's fellow Pole Bartolmiej Matysiak.
Another home competitor, Michal Golas, won the only climb of the day.
Monday sees the riders travel 162km from Czestochowa to Dabrowa Gornicza in the south of the country. The seven-stage race concludes on August 6 in Krakow.