Team News: Bonifazio wins Stage 3 in Poland


Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) sprints to first WorldTour win on stage 3 of the Tour of Poland

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Team News: Bonifazio wins Stage 3 in Poland

The third time was the charm for Niccolo Bonifazio in the Tour of Poland as he bettered the first two stage’s bunch finishes with his first WorldTour win, and first victory this year, in stage three Thursday.


After a fast start, the 240-kilometer race settled when the peloton consented to a five-man breakaway but similar to previous stages the final kilometers were thorny, this time with a few steep hills thrown in for measure.

The peloton split over the narrow roads and steep climb, but regrouped ahead of the final dash to the line, and this time Bonifazio made no mistake. In the last meters, he jumped around Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quick Step) to take the win by a bike length.  … continued after advert


“I suffered on the steep climb 25 kilometers from the finish,” explained a jubilant Bonifazio. “But I followed the Etixx (Quick Step) train to get back to the bunch with Gaviria. I recovered and then in the sprint I decided to follow Gaviria’s wheel. I felt good, and I was able to pass him easily with 200 meters to go. I was confident I could do well in one of the sprints this week, and today everything went perfectly.

“I am so happy because since the beginning of the year I was searching for a victory. I dedicate this win to my teammates, they have helped me for three stages and today I was finally able to pay them back with the victory.”

Fabio Felline, in his first stage race back from injury, did what he could for Bonifazio, but in the end, Bonifazio, under his own power and savvy, freelanced his way to victory.

Felline: “I couldn’t do everything I wanted for Niccolo because I had cramps. This is my first big race back, and when it went fast, I paid for it. When I finally made it to the front, he was on the other side, and I had no chance to get close.

“I wished I could have helped Niccolo more, but I guess I didn’t need to today! Huge respect to Niccolo because he positioned himself already in a good position; just fantastic work for him to do this solo!”


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