Grzegorz Stępniak sprinted to victory on stage 2 of Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour.
A flat and short (only 106-kilometer long) stage was extremely fast. The peloton was not letting anyone go away too far and was neutralizing every move. The most dangerous for sprinters’ teams was a 9-man group, which managed to break clear and gain almost one-minute lead. It included one of CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders, Tomasz Kiendyś. It was also brought back in tough and the race was decided in a bunch sprint.
Grzegorz Stępniak was the fastest man on the line, outsprinting Mateusz Nowak (Domin Sport) and Matvey Nikitin (Kazachstan). For CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider it was a second victory this season, after winning Stage 3 of Hellena Tour.
Throughout the entire day there were many attacks, but every time one or two teams were not happy with the composition of the escape – Grzegorz Stępniak said afterwards. – That was the reason why the pace was so high. When the group with Tomasz Kiendyś pulled away, the team from Russia and Kazakhstan picked up the speed in the bunch and closed the gap.
On the final laps in Wolin, we moved with the entire team up front. The peloton stretched out and didn’t want to lose good position for the finish. In the closing sprint Mateusz Taciak and Eryk Laton led me out perfectly. With 200 meters to go I started the sprint and finished off the great teamwork.
Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling) remained the GC lead, while Leszek Pluciński is the higest ranked rider in orange. He sits in 4th place, 17 seconds back.