Golas encouraged by attacking display

14 Jun 2018

Golas encouraged by attacking display

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Michal Golas was pleased with his performance on stage six of Tour de Suisse after battling to stay part of a stage-long break only to be caught by the peloton in the closing kilometres as Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) was victorious.

Golas was part of an 18-strong group that escaped the main bunch in the early part of the mountainous stage and as the numbers in the break dwindled, the Polish rider was able to maintain contact with the strongest riders in the break 
 
However, the steepest part of the Klausenpass climb caused a split among the escapees, with Golas caught on the second group on the road.

After a concerted effort this chase group were unable to bridge the gap, despite a concerted effort for around 70km and Golas told TeamSky.com that he was encouraged by his day at the head of the race.

He said: “I was not happy with the result, but I was happy with the performance.

“We came close to catching them a few times, but they went full gas and stayed clear.

“I’m not sure why they didn’t want to wait for us, they obviously wanted to battle for the stage win between them!

“It was a long time chasing them and at times we had it to close to 20 seconds gap, but we never gave up until the last kilometres when we were caught by the the peloton.”
Michal Golas

Michal Golas

I was not happy with the result, but I was happy with the performance."
Golas’ attention will return to supporting Pavel Sivakov, who again finished amongst the GC contenders  on stage six and is in the top 20 overall and fifth in the young rider classification. 

And the 34-year-old reckons that first year pro Sivakov  has a chance of improving his overall standing in the final stages, which include a 34km individual time trial,  following a strong showing in stage one’s team time trial.

He added: “Pavel is in great shape and with the long TT we will aim to help him tomorrow and  Saturday to make sure he is well-placed.

“He is riding well and if he does really [before the TT]  he may have a chance maybe not at the overall win, but he can definitely get a nice result."

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