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Vakoc wins stage two to take lead in Tour de Pologne


The peloton on Monday round a corner in the second stage of the Tour de Pologne from Torun to Warsaw in Poland.

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Petr Vakoc of the Czech Republic won the second stage of the Tour of Poland on Monday to move into the overall lead.

The 22-year-old Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider, who won the Tour of Slovakia last year, ditched his two fellow Polish escape companions in the last 20km to soloed to victory on the 226km stage from Torun to Warsaw in Poland.

Australian Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Michael Matthews took second in a sprint finish 21 seconds back, with Belgian Boris Vallee of team Boris Vallee finishing third.

Vakoc’s win left him 27 seconds ahead of Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich, the AG2R-La Mondiale rider who started the day in yellow after having won Sunday’s opening stage, in the overall standings.

RusVelo rider Roman Maikin of Russia is third at 31 seconds.

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