Michal Kwiatkowski described attack as the best form of defence after picking up a stunning second win in as many days at the Tour of Poland.
Michal Golas, Ian Stannard and Lukasz Wisniowski had done a fine job of setting tempo across the 152 kilometre stage, before Pavel Sivakov and Salvatore Puccio hit the gas inside the final 2km, leading Kwiatkowski into the sprint.
The Pole covered off an opportunistic move at 500 metres to go and then kept going, launching his early sprint - and staying clear. His lead on the GC now stands at 12 seconds over Teuns, with two days to race in his homeland.
The best defence is to attack.
He said: “The best form of defence is attack. We stuck to that plan and it was perfect. We didn’t know what the final would be like but when we entered the final circuit I said to the boys on the radio that it’s a sprint I could fight for.
Matteo Moschetti (Polartec-Kometa) took the honours, with De la Cruz the first Team Sky man home in 10th. After an impressive sixth place on day one Geoghegan Hart moved up to second overall, with the race set to hit the high mountains on day three.
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 3:39:14
2. Dylan Teuns (BMC) s.t.
3. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) s.t.
4. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
5. Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 17:30:26
2. Dylan Teuns (BMC) +0:12
3. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) +0:20
4. Sergei Chernetski (Astana) +0:24
5. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) s.t.