Danny van Poppel pulled off a superb sprinting performance to claim victory on stage five at the Tour of Poland.
He said: "That was the key point - the leadout. It was a really hard stage with a climb on the finishing circuit and I felt really good today so I was there, and I think the whole team was still there with me. The guys did a great job.
Asked if he'd found his string of podium performances frustrating this week, he was quick to interject: "No, not really. I’ve been happy that I’ve felt good again because I’ve had some injuries all season. I was happy to be back, but today I felt really good, so I was hoping to win. The key point was the leadout though - I’m really thankful to the guys."
Sport Director Gabriel Rasch was a happy man after the finish. "It was his turn," exclaimed the Norwegian about a victorious Van Poppel.
"It was really good to see. The guys kept cool heads today. There were a lot of teams working during the stage so we were able to sit back. Then they did a perfect leadout. Even Wout did part of the leadout and it worked out perfectly.
"Wout was just behind the big crash but he managed to steer around it and finish with no problems."
Attention now turns to the GC battle, with Poels hoping to come to the fore on the climbs that will decide the race.
Rasch added: "We have two really hard days now and we've certainly not given up on the GC. We'll try tomorrow and the day after. Wout is feeling good, and perhaps the next two days are better suited to him than what we saw on stage three."
Stage five result:
1. Danny van Poppel (Team Sky) 2:59:44
2. Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Roberto Ferrari (UAE-Fly Emirates)
5. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo)
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 18:41:27
2. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) +14"
3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +20"
4. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) 24"
5. Odd Christian Eiking (FDJ) +31"
7. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +33"