Max Kanter put in a powerful effort at the end of another long stage in Poland to take fourth place in the bunch sprint to the line. The result capped a good team performance from Team DSM after Niklas Markl made the early breakaway spending much of the day at the front of the race.
The 226.4 kilometre stage presented a rolling profile in the first half, before gradually flattening out in the latter stages offering up another good opportunity for a sprint. With the climbs early on the team had to stay alert for any dangerous moves going clear and after an initial break of eight clipped off, Markl made a move behind with one other to bridge across and make it 10 out front. This group then spent the vast majority of the stage ahead with a maximum of three minutes gap.
With their advantage falling the leading group split leaving just three riders clear as Markl was absorbed back into the peloton. But all eyes were fixed on a bunch sprint and after the race came back together in the closing kilometres Nikias Arndt was in position to set Kanter up for the finish.
The leading sprinters fanned right across the road in a drag race to the line with not much to separate Kanter in fourth and the stage winner. A promising result with more sprint opportunities still to come in this race.