An undulating second stage between Olomouc and Frydek-Mistek, saw a 5-men breakaway in front of the race for most of the day. After taking control in the peloton, BORA – hansgrohe caught the break on the final 20k, before leading out Sam Bennett in a bunch sprint. On an uphill stretch to the finish, the Irish sprinter was superior to take the win by several bike lengths. Bennett is now also the new overall race leader.
“I didn’t feel too good during the day, maybe because it was really hot. Schwarzi and Juraj did an amazing job to control the race. In the end, Pascal delivered me so fast, I just had to go from 200-100m at full gas, then I already knew I had the win. I am really happy, because on a day the team puts in such an immense effort, the pressure is on to finish it off, but I did it in the end. We have to see how the race goes tomorrow, but if I can survive, there is a good chance to keep the yellow jersey also on the last stage.” – Sam Bennett
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“Everybody is watching us here in this race, so we had to pull right from the start when the break went up the road. With Juraj and Schwarzi we controlled the gap at 2 minutes. In the end, we closed to fight for the win in a sprint. Pascal did a huge turn to Sam in front on the last 500m, and Sam finished it off perfectly. I am very happy with this result and team effort. We are in yellow now, and also tomorrow we will have to control the race.” – Jan Valach, Sports Director