Bałtyk – Karkonosze: Latoń fastest from the bunch, escapee takes the win

Eryk Latoń was the fastest man from the bunch, which arrived 30 seconds after the breakaway, on Stage 4 of Bałyk – Karkonosze Tour. Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kazachstan) claimed the win. 

154-kilometer race was very lively from the beginning to the very end. There were numerous attempts to break clear and basically every CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was involved in at least one of the moves. Escape, which managed to gain the biggest lead – 1:30 – included 15 runners, and two of the were representing orange colors – Adrian Honkisz and Tomasz Kiendyś. Foreign teams decided to chase it down and the group was reeled in.

In the final 20 kilometers six other riders rode clear – Mateusz Nowak (Domin Sport), Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kazakhstan), Victor Manakov (Russia), Janis Dakteris (Team Differdange-Losch), Matti Manninen (Team Bliz-Merida) and Edvin Wilson (Sweden). Marcin Białobłocki (One Pro Cycling) was trying to join them, but eventually never bridged the gap. The leaders built up almost a one-minute advantage and it was enough to hold on for the victory. Kulimbetov won the sprint, while and Mateusz Nowak (Domin Sport) was third.

With 10 kilometers to go, Grzegorz Stępniak was involved in a crash caused by… a dog which ran across the road. He finished the race but was unable to take part in the mass finish. In his absence, Eryk Latoń too over the main sprinter role and was the fastest from the bunch, taking 7th.

Tomorrow is the crucial and the hardest day of the race. It starts with a morning uphill time trial and ends with a short, but mountain stage from Piechowice to Karpacz.