Tour de Pologne: Bauhaus wins opening stage

Nichole S. Gehr
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bahaus celebrates (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious sprint at finish line during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bauhaus gains on Hodeg (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious sprint at finish line during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bauhaus manages to get around Hodeg (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious sprint at finish line during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bahaus grabs it at the last (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep sprints at finish line during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Disappointment for Hodeg (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Michal Paluta of Poland and Team Poland Reprezentacja Polski leads The Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michal Paluta leads the early three-man breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Thomas Scully of New Zealand and Team EF Education Nippo in the Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Tom Scully in a late three-up escape (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Daniel Arroyave Caas of Colombia and Team EF Education Nippo attacks in final kilometres during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Daniel Arroyave launches a late attack on the cobbles (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour de Pologne 2021 - 78th Edition - 1st stage Lublin - Chełm 216.4km - 09/08/2021 - Scenery - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

The start line of the 2021 Tour de Pologne (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Pologne 2021 - 78th Edition - 1st stage Lublin - Chełm 216.4km - 09/08/2021 - Czesław Lang - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

The race is waved underway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Michal Paluta of Poland and Team Poland Reprezentacja Polski Yevgeniy Fedorov of Kazakhstan and Team Astana Premier Tech Sean Bennett of The United States and Team Qhubeka Nexthash in the Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Fans encourage the early breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Sean Bennett of The United States and Team Qhubeka Nexthash leads The Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Sean Bennett in the day’s main escape (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Tim Declercq of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep leads The Peloton during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Tim Declercq helped pull back the break (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Yevgeniy Fedorov of Kazakhstan and Team Astana Premier Tech in the Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Kazakh champion Yevgeniy Fedorov was in the day’s three-man breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Yevgeniy Fedorov of Kazakhstan and Team Astana Premier Tech in the Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

The day’s main breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Joo Almeida Pedro Gonalves of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Joao Almeida is one of the favourites for the overall title (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier of Eritrea and Team Trek Segafredo Biniam Girmay of Eritrea and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Biniam Girmay in the peloton (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour de Pologne 2021 - 78th Edition - 1st stage Lublin - Chełm 216.4km - 09/08/2021 - Scenery - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

The peloton in the early kilometres (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Michal Golas of Poland Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland Owain Doull of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michal Kwiatkowski snaffled some bonus seconds (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Ian Garrison of The United States and Team Deceuninck QuickStep leads The Peloton during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

QuickStep work to bring about a bunch finish (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Antoine Duchesne of Canada and Team Groupama FDJ Jos Van Emden of The Netherlands and Team JumboVisma Thomas Scully of New Zealand and Team EF Education Nippo in the Breakaway during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

A late three-man move goes clear (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Charles Quarterman of The United Kingdom and Team Trek Segafredo during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Trek-Segafredo were interested in teeing up a sprint (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Czeslaw Lang of Poland Race Director during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Race director Czesław Lang (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tour de Pologne 2021 - 78th Edition - 1st stage Lublin - Chełm 216.4km - 09/08/2021 - Scenery - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021

A helicopter films the action (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrate at podium as stage winners during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Hodeg and Bauhaus on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui of Colombia and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrate at podium as stage winners during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bauhaus on the top step of the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious Yellow Leader Jersey celebrates at podium during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bauhaus pulls on the first leader’s jersey of the race (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious Yellow Leader Jersey celebrates at podium during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bahaus on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Phil Bauhaus of Germany and Team Bahrain Victorious White Best Young Rider Jersey celebrates at podium during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bauhaus also leads the young rider classification (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Michal Paluta of Poland and Team Poland Reprezentacja Polski Polka Dot Mountain Jersey celebrates at podium winner during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michal Paluta pulls on the mountains jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Yevgeniy Fedorov of Kazakhstan and Team Astana Premier Tech Blue Most active Rider Jersey celebrates at podium winner during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Yevgeniy Fedorov takes the blue of most active rider (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Team INEOS Grenadiers Best Polish Rider celebrates at podium during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Michal Kwiatkowski is the best-placed Polish rider (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CHELM POLAND AUGUST 09 LR Phil Bauhaus of Germany Marcel Sieberg of Germany Matej Mohoric of Slovenia and Team Bahrain Victorious celebrate at podium as Best Team during the 78th Tour de Pologne 2021 Stage 1 a 216km stage from Lublin to Chem 212m TourdePologne TDP2021 UCIWT on August 09 2021 in Chelm Poland Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images

Bahrain Victorious lead the teams standings (Image credit: Getty Images)

Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) stole away with the stage 1 victory at the Tour de Pologne. In a well-timed sprint, the German rider patiently gauged his effort to catch and pass early sprinter Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the cobbled finish line while Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation) finished third in Chelm.

Bauhaus and his team watched as Deceuninck-QuickStep set the pace into the final and then as Hodeg launched his searing attack on the cobbled, five per cent uphill finish with 300 metres to go. It was an early move but Bauhaus bided his time and wound up a more controlled sprint effort, closing the gap to Hodeg before narrowly taking the stage victory.

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