Adrian Kurek kicked off Sibiu Cycling Tour with podium spot in the prologue.
The prologue was held on twisty streets of the historical centre of Sibiu, on Piața Mare. The course was very technical, with many turns and cobblestone sections.
It was one of those time trials where it’s almost impossible to not make a mistake. Mine happened at one of the corners, where I was going to fast and I think this is where I lost 2nd place. I am a little bit disappointed but at the same time happy about my shape. I aimed to be at my best at this time of a year and I was eyeing that stage too. I felt as good as I was expecting and it’s a optimistic sign ahead of the upcoming stages.
We came here to fight for the overall win for Davide Rebellin and we can’t wait for the mountain stages. Tomorrow may be a nervous day. Teams consist of only 6 riders so it will be hard to control the race.
First “orange” rider to take on the prologue was Branislau Samoilau, while Davide Rebellin, who is targeting the overall victory in the race, was the last one in the schedule.
Adrian Kurek was the fastest among CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders. He pushed really deep on this short – 2,2km – and intense course, taking every corner precisely at a high speed. When he crossed the line, his result – 3:27:53 – was leading the charts. There were still around 60 riders left, but for a long time nobody was able to top it. He was sitting in the hot seat until Giacomo Berlato (Nippo – Vini Fantini) completed his TT. The Italian beat Kurek only by 0,26 of a second, and took over the first place.
With the dark clouds hanging over the riders and the weather on the verge of raining, it was hard to predict if and who could defeat Berlato. As it turned out one rider manage to make it happen. It was Andrei Nechita (Romania) who smashed the competition, setting 3:25:77.
At the end of the day Adrian Kurek had to settle for 3rd, 2 seconds behind.