KRAKOW, Poland (VN) — Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) wrapped up the overall victory in the Tour of Poland on Saturday as Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the final stage.
After a slow start to the Polish tour, Wiggins dominated the 37km time trial from Wieliczka to Krakow, finishing in 46 minutes and 36 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard). American Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) finished third at 1:14.
Weening finished sixth on the day at 1:44, good enough to vault from fifth overall into the final leader’s jersey by 13 seconds over Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi). Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale) finished third at 16 seconds.
“I wasn’t thinking about winning while I did my time trial,” said Weening. “I didn’t think much about the general-classification result. I wanted to give everything one last time. That’s all I could do. I hoped it was enough for a good result on GC in the end.
“It’s been a long, hard week. This is a big win for me. Winning at a WorldTour race is always a really important result. I’m satisfied with what we achieved here.”
As for Wiggins, Sky sports director Dan Hunt hailed his rider’s “fantastic performance,” which comes just a month away from the world championships in Florence, where the Briton will be going for the time trial.
“The climbs suited him, the descents suited him and then it was a flying, rolling run-in into Krakow,” said Hunt. “He absolutely smashed it.”