Team dsm-firmenich have delivered another very solid performance in stage 3 of the Tour de Pologne on Monday, where Oscar Onley finished off the excellent teamwork by crossing the finish line in a strong fifth place.
Rolling out from Wałbrzych on Monday, the peloton awaited another hilly stage after Sunday’s punchy uphill finish to Karpacz which saw Oscar Onley finishing 4th. Max Poole and Tobias Lund Andresen initially managed to jump into a break of around 18 riders, but were brought back quickly. Then, a four-man breakaway left the peloton on the first climb of the day, while – behind in the peloton – Team dsm-firmenich continued to work well together, helping climbers Max Poole and Oscar Onley out of trouble. The leaders of the stage got some space in the race, to a maximum lead of around five minutes, but saw their advantage disappear quickly towards the end of the race. On the last climb of the day – the Zieleniec – the speed in the peloton was upped once again after which one rider after the break of the day had to surrender, at twenty kilometres to the finish.
This also saw the peloton being thinned heavily, whilst Lorenzo Milesi, Poole and Onley still held on. After a challenging descent, there was one last punchy climb left with gradients of around ten percent to the finish in Duszniki-Zdrój, in which Onley showed himself emphatically. The young Briton was able to keep up with some of the world’s best climbers and eventually crossed the line in fifth.
With the team’s strong result again, Onley continues to compete for the top spots in the General Classification; in a very solid seventh place, following yellow jersey wearer Mohoric in only twenty seconds.