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Majka wins again in Poland

Rafal Majka leapt to the top of the standings at the Tour of Poland by winning his second successive stage.

Majka had made his intentions known by chipping off the front with seven riders on the penultimate climb of the day, and although they were brought back on the descent which followed, the Polish rider kicked again on the final drag to the summit and wrapped up his victory with 10 seconds to spare.

Movistar duo Benat Intxausti and Jon Izaguirre produced a carbon copy of Thursday's podium by rolling home in second and third positions respectively, and Izaguirre is now favourite to take the overall title as he is a superior time triallist in comparison to Majka, and sits just 22 seconds behind the new leader heading into Saturday's 25km finale.

Petr Vakoc meanwhile, lost his yellow jersey after being distanced on the concluding climb, and rolled home 48 seconds adrift in 16th position.

Stage six was the hardest of this year's edition and featured four laps of a brutal circuit containing two category-one climbs.

Team Sky's Salvatore Puccio had taken maximum point in the first intermediate sprint before an eight-man break eventually went clear, but they had all been brought back into the fold in the last 20km as the main protagonists came to the fore.

Majka was one of eight riders to edge clear on the second-to-last climb, and although Vakoc and 11 others managed to bridge over to them on the downhill which followed, the Polish rider attacked solo on the outskirts of Bukowina Tatrzanska before bagging his fourth win of the season.