Tour of Austria: Stosz sprints to top 10

Patryk Stosz, who is at his best in the mountains, showcased that he knows things or two about sprinting. In stage 1 of Tour of Austria, he finished in the top 10. 

After Saturday’s prologue, in which Adrian Honkisz claimed 8th place, the riders tackled stage 1. It was 186,7km long – from Innsbruck  to  Salzburg – and was mostly flat. There were some short hills on the course but they seemed to be not hard enough to affect the sprinters.

The opening of the stage was very fast, as many riders tried to break clear. After 60km of racing there was still no breakaway in the front. The escape was formed with around 70km into the stage and included Allessandro Vanotti (Astana), Peter Koning (Drapac) and Maximilian Kuen (Amplatz BMC). They built up a maximum lead of 5:30. When it dropped to under 2 minutes, with 35km to go, Koning decided to go solo.

He was riding alone in the lead until it was 4km to go, when got caught by the Bardiani-CSF-led bunch. The Italian team helped its sprinter in positioning and Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) finished off his teammates work. He claimed the win, defeatin Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) and Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille Provence KTM).

Patryk Stosz showcased his sprinting skills, by taking 9th place at the line. Adrian Honkisz remained in 8th place overall and is the highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider.