The Colombian’s squad complained that he was bullied out of Thursday’s break and he responded in style, winning the 192km stage from Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa to Bukowina Tatrzanska.
A breakaway stayed out for most of a stage featuring 10 Cat.1 climbs before being reeled in. Atapuma then launched an attack on the last of the hills, with Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale) joining him.
Riblon won the double ascent up the Alpe d’Huez on the Tour de France this year as well as triumphing with a scintillating attack to claim stage two of the current race up the Passo Pordoi in the Italian Dolomites.
His effort in finishing second on Friday, two seconds behind Atapuma, earns the Frenchman the yellow jersey with a 19-second lead over Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who lost his one-second advantage by coming home seventh on the stage in the main group.
Saxo-Tinkoff's Rafal Majka is another second back on GC in third after recovering from a minor crash late in the stage.
Saturday’s individual time trial will decide the winner of the 70th running of the Tour of Poland, with time-trial specialists Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara favourites on a lumpy 37km route.
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