A rider of the CCC Polsat Polkowice team, Bartłomiej Matysiak, became the winner of the criterium for the Gold Ring of Kraków. After an exciting struggle he defeated two riders of BDC MarcPol Team, Dariusz Rudnicki and last year’s winner – Robert Radosz.
For the twenty-ninth time in the Old Market Square in Kraków cyclists stood to compete in the event where the main prize was the Gold Ring of Kraków. The criterium was held also as the prologue to Małopolski Wyścig Górski that starts tomorrow from Niepołomice.
At the Market Square in Kraków 96 riders of Polish professional and amateur teams, as well as riders from abroad, stood to fight for the gold ring. They had a route of the total length of 40 kilometres to ride, along the roads around the Sukiennice. The route of the criterium was technically very difficult, because it led along a cobbled road, with rapid turns, which the riders were supposed to ride as many as 52 times. The fact that not everybody is able to race in such conditions is seen in the fact that the race was completed by only 9 riders. The average speed at which the winner covered the distance was almost 50 km/h.
Like during yesterday’s criterium in Tarnów, the struggle for the victory was held between the teams of CCC Polsat Polkowice and BDC MarcPol Team. After a much exciting fight Bartłomiej Matysiak, who defeated Dariusz Rudnicki from BDC by 5 points, became the owner of the gold ring. The third place was taken by Robert Radosz, also from BDC, the winner of the criterium in 2011.
The results of the criterium of the Gold Ring of Kraków
1. Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) – 45 points.
2. Dariusz Rudnicki (BDC MarcPol) – 40 points.
3. Robert Radosz (BDC MarcPol) – 16 points.
4. Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Polsat Polkowice) – 13 points.