Moser leaves it late
Italian moves into overall lead after denying Henao on the line
Last Updated: July 15, 2012 6:34pm
Moreno Moser: Took dramatic win on stage six of Tour de Pologne
Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) took a last-gasp victory on stage six of the Tour de Pologne as Team Sky's Sergio Henao came up agonisingly short.
Moser came from a long way back to outsprint the Colombian, who put in a strong attack at the start of the final climb to the finish but was caught just metres before the line in Bukowina Tatrzanska.
The result puts Moser back into the leader's jersey, replacing Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in top spot by virtue of the bonus seconds he gained for winning the stage.
Kwiatkowski came across the line third to limit the deficit in the overall standings to five seconds with just one stage of the race remaining, while Henao's effort saw him move up to third.
Roman Kreuziger (Astana), Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil-DCM), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Rabobank), Ian Stannard (Team Sky) and Bartosz Huzarski (Polish National Team) had earlier formed a breakaway as the riders embarked on a 191.8 kilometre trip.
Slagter was the first rider to drop off and was caught by the peloton well before the finish, while the remaining four forged on ahead on the tough finishing circuit.
As the peloton closed in on the breakaway, Henao flew across to the wheel of Stannard, who found hidden reserves to tee up the Colombian for his attack up the ultra-steep penultimate climb.
Behind Henao the peloton was splitting up, but several riders managed to bridge across on the subsequent descent, with Stannard somehow having the energy to put in another dig.
The British champion was caught at the start of the final climb, allowing team-mate Henao to put in a second attack on the steepest section.
As the climb flattened off Henao kicked again and it looked as though he had the stage sewn up, but Moser showed an incredible turn of speed to come around the 24-year-old at the last possible moment.