World champion Mads Pedersen won the second stage of the Tour of Poland on Thursday. A day after the terrible crash of Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen, there was a mass sprint in Zabrze without incident.
The 24-year-old Pedersen trumped the German Pascal Ackermann, the Italian Davide Ballerini, the Frenchman Rudy Barbier and the Italian Alberto Dainese. It is his first victory in the rainbow jersey for the Dane.
On Wednesday, the mass sprint in the first stage of the Tour of Poland was marred by a hard crash. Groenewegen pressed Jakobsen into the gates, so that the Dutch champion with serious injuries had to be taken to hospital. The 23-year-old Jakobsen has, among other things, a shattered palate and a shattered windpipe and is still in an artificial coma.
Groenewegen sustained a broken collarbone. He was not allowed to participate in the second stage in Poland anyway, because he was disqualified. Edu Prades (broken cervical vertebra), Damien Touzé, (broken finger) and Marc Sarreau (shoulder injury) did not resign on Thursday either.
Jakobsen's six teammates at Deceuninck-Quick-Step decided to continue. The 25-year-old Ballerini even mixed in the mass sprint and came in third.
Pedersen is also the new leader in the general classification. He is four seconds ahead of number two Ackermann. CCC's Pole Kamil Malecki wore on Thursday against his will in the yellow leader's jersey of Jakobsen, who had been victorious on Wednesday.
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