For the second time in Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour, Maciej Paterski took 3rd place at the finish. He also moved up to 2nd overall. Meanwhile leader of general classification, Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH) claimed his second stage victory.
On this day the riders had 173 kilometers to cover. The finale featured three difficult and technical laps in Lubań and the bunch sprint was not the only scenario to consider.
The opening of the stage was quite fast, making some riders fall behind. It was mostly because of the intermediate sprint located early on. Maciej Paterski picked up two bonus seconds there, while Ariesen got 3. .
After few attempts, a 3-man breakaway was let go. Aleksander Leduchowski (De Rosa Rybnik), Jasper Schduten (WPG Amsterdam) and Martin Bauer (UR-Krositzer Giant) were involved in that move and for some time Venantas Lasinis (Staki – Baltik Vairas) was trying to join them. He was not able to fully close the gap though and returned to the bunch.
The escape gained over 10-minute of advantage, but the peloton had things under control and made sure to systematically reduce the differential. When the gap dropped to under 2 minutes, Nicolas Pietrula (Dukla Praha) decided to bridge across and joined the leaders. He didn’t spent too much time in the front, since he and the rest of the escapees got caught with 14km to go.
The pace increased on the final laps, shattering the field. CCC Sprandi Polkowice stayed up front, helping Maciej Paterski in the sprint. For the fourth consecutive time (fifth including the prologue) he finished inside top 6, this time in 3rd place.
Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH) won the stage and strengthened his position as a race leader. Nils Schomber (German National Team) was 2nd.
Heading into the last day, with two demanding stages, Maciej Paterski sits in 2th overall (25 seconds back). On Sunday, the riders will face an uphill, 11,6km time trial and a hilly stage from Piechowice to Karpacz.