Italyâs Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) confirmed he is one of the brightest talents of his generation with overall victory and two stunning stage victories at the Tour de Pologne.
The 21 year-nephew of the legendary Francesco Moser, won the opening sprint stage and the key hilly stage to win by five seconds. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was second, with yet another talented young rider Sergio Henao (Team Sky) third at 16 seconds. Moser is in his first full season as a professional but races with maturity beyond his years. Like is Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Peter Sagan makes winning look easy, timing his sprints to perfect and understanding race tactics like a veteran.
âThis is hugely satisfying victory. For the first time in my career Iâve understood what it means to be a designated team leader and protected rider in a stage race and how you have to learn to fight and stay focused every day,â Moser said.
âThe Tour de Pologne route suited my ability as a rider and my form was good. As well as winning, the best thing is that I learnt more and more about stage races with every day of racing.â
It was Moserâs first ever UCI WorldTour stage race victory. Before the race he had just two UCI WorldTour ranking points. Now he has 115 points and risen to 25th in the individual UCI WorldTour ranking, overtaking riders such as Chris Horner and Fabian Cancellara.
Spainâs Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha Team) still leads the individual UCI WorldTour ranking, Team Sky lead the team ranking and Spain leads the nations ranking.
Belgiumâs Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is second overall in the individual rankings. He was well placed on several sprints at the Tour of Pologne but was forced to quit the race after fracturing a rib. His chances of Olympic success in London on July 28 are now in doubt. Boonen has a total of 368 points, with Britainâs Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) third with 335 points.
However the results from the Tour de France are expected to cause major changes, when the three-week race ends on Sunday July 22. With Wiggins riding so strongly in France, he is widely expected to top the UCI WorldTour ranking after the Tour de France. Wigginsâ Team Sky squad currently top the team ranking with a total of 857 points and will likely increase this total even more after the Tour de France. Moserâs success helped Liquigas-Cannondale climb to second place with 762 points, while the Katusha Team slipped to a close third place with 761 points.
Spain has a massive 1112 points and looks unbeatable in the nations ranking yet again this year. Italy is second with 946 points and Belgium is third with 793 points.