Two CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished the Bałtyk-Karkonosze opener in the top 10. Leszek Pluciński and Adrian Honkisz were both in the decisive breakaway and were close from getting on the podium.
Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour was opened up with a completely flat stage from Kołobrzeg to Świdwin. The peloton was very eager to bring the race to a bunch sprint and initially was not letting anyone ride clear. Wojciech Sykała tried a solo move but was reeled early into the stage.
The race got more lively with 60km to go, when a three-man group, with Leszek Pluciński, launched an attack. Later they were joined by other 7 riders, with Adrian Honkisz, forming a 10-man escape. They created over 3-minute lead, but the sprinters’ teams were not going to let them cruise easily to the line. The pace in the bunch increased drastically but not enough to catch the escapees.
The leading group outsmarted the peloton, but also left few fellow attackers behind. The stage ended with the sprint from 5-man group and Leszek Pluciński was strong enough to be there. He finished 4th, while Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling) took the stage win. Marcus Svensson (Sweden) and Yannick Janssen (Bliz – Merida) came in in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Adrian Honkisz also arrived before the bunch, in 6th place, 27 seconds behind the winner and 33 ahead of the pack.