Alexis Renard takes second place on the last day of Tour de Pologne

Israel Start-Up Nation finished off Tour de Pologne with an impressive performance by Alexis Renard who took second place on the stage after the early breakaway managed to hold off the sprinters in a nail-biting finish.

After several strong performances throughout the race, Renard showed off the ISN team colors once again on the final day of racing. The young Frenchman infiltrated a small but strong breakaway early in the stage, which ultimately proved too strong for the peloton to bring back.

On the final kilometer, the sprinters could see the quartet right in front of them but they didn’t manage to catch them before the line. Renard took the wheel of Julius van den Berg (EF Education – Nippo) but despite a strong effort on the final meters, he had to settle for second place.

This is the third podium spot for Renard in the recent month of racing, once more proving to be in incredibly good shape at the moment.

Alexis Renard: “This morning, we talked about the possibilities of a breakaway staying away and Matthias [Brändle] told me that with the tail wind all day, the break could make it all the way. It was a really strong group that got away and we went full gas until the end. During the last lap, I was thinking about how I could take the win. I saw that Van den Berg was the strongest in the group so with 300 meters to go, I pretended to start my sprint. Van den Berg saw that he started his own sprint. I tried to pass him on the final meters but he was too strong. However, I don’t have any regrets.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Hugo Hofstetter sprints to third place in Tour de Pologne

Israel Start-Up Nation got off to a good start in Tour de Pologne as Hugo Hofstetter took third place in the opening stage of the Polish WT race.

With a predominantly flat profile, Monday’s stage was always expected to end in a bunch sprint. However, as the last 500 meters were uphill towards the line, the sprinters had to time their effort perfectly in order to fight for the win.

ISN took the front of the peloton on the final five kilometers, keeping Hofstetter in a good position for the sprint and the fast Frenchman didn’t disappoint.

On the last couple of hundred meters, Hofstetter did well to stay with the pre-race favorites, ultimately crossing the line in third place on the day. With the result, Hofstetter is fourth overall before tomorrow’s stage, which finishes with a 1.5 km incline towards the line.

Hugo Hofstetter: “After the first passage of the finishing line, Norman [Vathra] came to the front and did a really good job. Matthias [Brändle] then did his turn until about 2.5 km to go, keeping me at the front. I managed to save a lot energy for the final thanks to the guys today. In the sprint, I did my best on the very hard finish. Bauhaus [the winner] was really strong and even though I was in his wheel, I still finished behind him so I think the best man won today. I’m still very happy with my performance though and I really want to thank the team for their support!”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com