CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie: Owsian 6th overall

Łukasz Owsian finished CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie with 7th place on the stage and 6th overall. 

The route of stage 3 was slightly modified. Due to road constructions, the organizers decided to cut off the first KOM and shortened the stage to 154 kilometers. It was still very demanding though, with 5 categorized climbs. Three of them were cat.1 ascents (Przełęcz Walimska, Srebrna Góra and Przełęcz Woliborska) and were located in the first 100 kilometers of the course. The finale consisted of two, 26-kilometer laps around Dzierżoniów, which included cat. 2 hill in Kietlice.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice entered the final stage with Adrian Honkisz sitting 5th overall. To climb up on the podium, the “orange squad’ had to ride aggressively right from the get-go to make as much damage in the pack as possible. Bartłomiej Matysiak started materializing the plan and went hard early on. He broke clear alongside 4 other men but his attempt was neutralized. The pace on Walimska climb split the field and 35-man group emerged in the front. Race leader, Oleksandr Polivoda (Kolss-BDC) showed that’s he’s not going to let his jersey go easily and won the GPM.

After cresting the top Artur Detko (Domin Sport), Kamil Gradek (Verva ActiveJet) and Jan Kovar (Whirlpool Author) pulled away. Felix Grossschartner quickly reacted and joined them. The quartet gained almost one minute of advantage, but got caught at around 70km mark.

The climb to Srebrna Góra broke the field in pieces again, creating 18-man leading group, with most of the favorites. In the decisive move four CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders took part – Łukasz Owsian, Jan Hirt, Victor de la Parte and the highest ranked, Adrian Honkisz. Race leader, Polivoda, 2nd overall Nicola Gazzara (Norda MG Kvis), Marek Rutkiewicz, Dariusz Batek (Wibatech Fuji), Adam Stachowiak, Jiri Polnicky (Verva ActiveJet) were also up there, among others.

They approached first out of two laps in Dzierżoniów with 3-minute advantage over the bunch. At the intermediate sprint, which was located at the finish line, Honkisz was 2nd and reduced his loses in GC, by 2 seconds.

Later Stachowiak decided to launch an attack and was soon joined by Rutkiewicz. The duo built up over a minute lead, but they were reeled in by the CCC Sprandi Polkowice-led chasing group. Despite numerous of attacks it came down to a sprint and Jiri Polnicky was the fastest. He bested Jesper Hamerlink (Metec TKH) and Dariusz Batek (Wibatech Fuji). Łukasz Owsian finished in 7th. Polivoda arrived at the line with the same time as the winner, and claimed final GC. He was standing on the podium alongside Gazzara and Polnicky.

It was an unlucky day for Honkisz. He punctured on the last and since it happened outside the neutral zone, he was lost almost 3 minutes. Łukasz Owsian replaced him as the highest placed “rider in orange” taking 6th overall (23 seconds back).