Cycling - Riblon attacks up mountain to win Tour of Poland stage two

Christophe Riblon produced a scintillating attack on the climb to the finish to win the second stage of the Tour of Poland in the Italian Dolomites.

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Cycling - Riblon attacks up mountain to win Tour of Poland stage two
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French Ag2r-La Mondiale rider Riblon provoked memories of his win on the Alpe d'Huez during the recent Tour de France as he escaped from a breakaway eight kilometres from the summit finish 2,239m above sea level to win by a minute and two seconds.

“I was really motivated to take part in this Tour of Poland,” said Riblon. “I wanted to take advantage of my present good shape and also win some World Tour points which are very important for the team.

“It is a reward after a week with many sacrifices because it is never easy to compete immediately after the Tour.

“I’m third overall and there’s still a great week of racing ahead. The next stages are difficult but considering my good shape, I’m pretty confident.”

Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack-Leopard) was second, just a few metres ahead of Georg Preidler (Argos-Shimano), on the 206.5km stage from Marilleva Val di Sole to the Passo Pordoi Val di Fassa.

Lampre-Merida rider Diego Ulissi’s yellow jersey from the opening stage was taken by Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) after the Pole battled to finish fifth behind Team Sky’s Sergio Henao, who is now second on GC with Riblon third.

Team Sky's British star Bradley Wiggins was 53rd on the day, 15:40 off the lead and over 23 minutes off the yellow jersey in 49th overall.

Wiggins, who is returning from illness and injury, said he would not compete at the Vuelta a Espana this season.

Monday is a rest day, with the teams and riders completing a transfer from the Dolomites to Krakow as the race moves into Poland, then Tuesday will see a hilly 226km stage to Rzeszow.

The seven-stage race ends on Saturday back in Krakow.

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