Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour: Paterski 5th on the opening stage

Maciej Paterski finished stage 1 of Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour in 5th place. Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH) sprinted to victory.

Maciej Paterski started the stage in the yellow jersey, after winning the prologue the day before. He and the rest of the field had 193 kilometers to cover and since there were no major hills on the course, the bunch sprint finish was expected.

Before the sprint battle, it was up to the escapees to make their presence known. After few breakaway attempts a 4-man group pulled away, which included Benjamin Hill (Attaque Gusto), Jan Kraus (Dukla Praha), Lukas Steidten (UR-Krositzer) and Antonio Di Sante (GM Europa Ovini).

The peloton gave them lots of space, as they stretched their lead to over 10 minutes. CCC Sprandi Polkowice began the chase, setting higher pace in the bunch. Later Verva ActiveJet also decided to join the “orange squad” and the advantage of the quartet decreased to 4 minutes with 50km to go.

The final 22 kilometers consisted of two, 11-kilometer laps in Chociwel. Midway the second one, with 6km remaining the escape got reeled in and the bunch sprint finish was going to select the winner.

The finish was quite technical, since with 150m to go, there was a sharp corner. It was crucial to tackle that turn well positioned, if one wanted to be in the contention for the win. Johim Ariesen (Metec –TKH) was the most effective in the finale and took the win. He bested Filippo Fortin (GM Europa Ovini) and Kacper Gronkiewicz (De Rosa Rybnik).

Maciej Paterski came in 5th place, but lost the leader jersey to the stage winner.