Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz from the Ineos team won the third stage of the 77th Tour de Pologne and took the leader's yellow jersey. The best-placed Pole, Rafał Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished tenth.
The third stage was the longest in this year's edition of the race. After starting in Wadowice, the cyclists rode 203 km before reaching the finishing line in Bielsko Biała.
Carapaz, the winner of last year's Giro d'Italia, surprised his rivals 300 metres before the finish line and attacked on the slightly uphill final straight. The Italian Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) came second and the French Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) was third.
Pole Kamil Gradek from the CCC Team took the best "climber" shirt.
Unfortunately, another accident occurred on the route of the Tour de Pologne. The Groupama FDJ cyclist Mickaël Delage fell, and was transported by helicopter to the hospital. Delage is conscious, but further information about his health has yet to be released at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who sustained serious injuries just a few metres before the finish line of the first stage has regained consciousness.
The Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen was pushed off the track by his fellow countryman Dylan Groenewegen, hitting the rails with enormous force.
The patient is conscious, following commands, and breathing on his own. Doctors estimate that the cyclist may be released from the hospital in two weeks time.
The fourth, penultimate stage, which according to pundits should prove decisive, will take place on Saturday in Bukowina Tatrzańska.