So far Maciej Paterski has not left the top 6 in Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour. On stage 3 he finished in 6th place, while Maximilian Beyer claimed a win.
Stage 3 took the riders around Zbąszynek and was 137 kilometers long. It was another day for the sprinters, since there were no bigger climbs on the menu. Unfortunately it was not a day for Eryk Latoń, who has been feeling under the weather lately and had to abandon after around 40 kilometers of racing.
The main breakaway consisted of 3 riders – Artur Detko (Domin Sport), Florian Kretschy (UR-Krositzer Giant) and Shao Hsuan Lu (Attaque Team Gusto). The former two initiated that move and the latter joined a little bit later.
Initially the trio managed to establish a 2-minute lead over the peloton. The bunch picked up the pace, reducing the gap to around 1 minute and when it looked like the break will get caught soon, the peleton slowed down, letting the escapees regain some space and building up 3 minutes of advantage, with 40km to go. This is when the chasing group increased the speed again, catching the attackers with 27km remaining and dropping few riders who were unable to keep up in those windy conditions.
On the final laps in Zbąszynek the group stayed all together and the sprinters could get ready for the decisive part of the stage. For the second consecutive time Maximilian Beyer (Reprezentancja Niemiec) took the win, beating race leader, Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH) and Adrian Banaszek (Verva ActiveJet).
CCC Sprandi Polkowice did a solid job in the finale, pacing the field and eventually the fastest “man in orange”, Maciej Paterski came in 6th and also sits in 6th overall. Leszek Pluciński made the top 10 as well, finishing 8th.