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Tim Wellens claims yellow jersey after victory in Tour de Pologne

Tim Wellens claims yellow jersey after victory in Tour de Pologne
By PA Sport

18/07/2016 at 21:10Updated 18/07/2016 at 21:22

Belgian Tim Wellens held on to claim victory in the Tour de Pologne after finishing 13th in the 25km time trial in Krakow.

The Lotto Soudal rider led by four minutes and five seconds going into the final stage of the competition and retained the yellow jersey with an overall time of 23 hours, 47 minutes and 23 seconds.

Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) finished four minutes and 22 seconds behind in second place, while fellow Italians Alberto Bettiol and Davide Formolo (both Cannondale-Drapac) took third and fourth respectively, finishing 32 and 40 seconds further back.

Wellens' compatriot and Lotto Soudal team mate Tiesj Benoot, who started the day in third, dropped to fifth, five minutes and 22 seconds off the pace.

Monday's time trial came a day after stage six of the competition was cancelled due to bad weather.

Britain's Alex Dowsett won it in 28 minutes and 59 seconds, 22 seconds ahead of his Movistar team mate Jonathan Castroviejo, and 39 seconds in front of Slovenian Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) .

Tour champion Wellens finished one minute and 31 seconds behind stage winner Dowsett.

The 25-year-old took overall control of the race during stage five when he recorded a convincing winning margin of almost four minutes during the gruelling 225km mountain route from Wieliczka to Zakopane, but it was Wellens who was victorious in Poland.