Alan Banaszek finished 2nd in Memorial Romana Siemińskiego, as he got outsprinted only by Alois Kankovsky.
Info: May 2nd, Raciąż – Raciąż, 174,6km
Course: flat, nine 19-kilometer laps
The riders of Elkov-Author were very strong today. It was quite windy and they broke the bunch in pieces. We entered final kilometers in a leading 10-man group and the Czech team had 6 representatives in the front. They were trying to launch a late attack, but after an entire day of tiring work those accelerations were not successful – Alan Banaszek explained.
In the end they led out their sprinter Kankovsky and Grzegorz Stępniak was sitting on his wheel. I was able to overtake him and lead-out man Hacecky, but Kankovsky was out of reach today. He won by a half bike length. Now I’m on my way to another race, CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie, where I also want to fight for top places.
The decisive move was made early on. Due to strong wind right after the start, the peloton would break apart and merge few times, before the 16-man escape was formed. It included some of the race favorites, with Alan Banaszek and Patryk Stosz among them. Together, with other escapees, they were increasing the gap on the bunch, which eventually gave up on the chase.
With 40km to go the advantage was up to over 6 minutes, so it was obvious the winner will come from that leading pack. Czech team Elkov-Author was very well represented in the front with 6 riders. They set fast pace, reducing the break to 10 men. Stosz didn’t make the cut, but Banaszek stayed with the strongest.
He was the closest from outsprinting Memoriał Andrzeja Trochanowskiego winner, Alois Kankovsky, but at the end of the day he had to settle for 2nd. Vojtech Hacecky finished 3rd rounding out the podium.