Maciej Paterski sprinted onto the podium on stage 2 of Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour. After winning the prologue, taking 5th yesterday, he finished in 3rd place. The mass sprint was won by Maximilian Beyer.
It was another flat and windy stage. The 155-kilometer course from Kościen to Opalenica suited the sprinters and any other ending than a bunch gallop would be a big surprise.
The race was held according to typical agenda for such kind of profile. A small breakaway was formed early and it included Adam Koryczan (De Rosa Rybnik), Patrick Schubert (Isaac Tourgau) and Antonio Di Sante (GM Europa Ovini). They established a maximum lead of almost 3 minutes, which was not enough to think about outpacing the peloton.
They got caught with 20 kilometers to go and the bunch stayed all together until the finish. CCC Sprandi Polkowice was one of the first teams to set up their train, to get ready for the twisty and technical finale. It was important to be at the head of the pack, while entering the last kilometers.
“Orange squad” did a good job of putting that plan in place, as 5 riders of the Polkowice-based team was present in the front with 1 kilometers remaining and finished inside the top 15 – Adrian Kurek, Leszek Pluciński, Kamil Małecki, Mateusz Taciak and the top finisher, Maciej Paterski. He claimed 3rd place and was outsprinted only by Maximilian Beyer (Germany National Team) and the race leader, Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH).
Thanks to 3rd place and bonus seconds which went with it, Paterski moved up to 6th overall. He is 12 seconds behind Ariesen, who kept the yellow jersey.