Grzegorz Stępniak finished 8th in Polkowice, on stage 2 of CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie. Adrian Honkisz came in safely in the bunch and kept his 5th place overall.
Saturday’s stage was flat, short and fast. It was only 117 kilometers long, and the finale consisted of three, 6-kilometer laps around Polkowice.
First hour of racing was packed with attacks and Felix Grossschartner was one of the most aggressive attackers. None one of those attempts stuck though. The breakaway of the day was established after nearly 50 kilometers and included Adam Carr (CCB), Marten Van Trijp (Metec – TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel), Przemysław Sobieraj (Wibatech Fuji) and Bartosz Pilis (De Rosa Rybnik). They were chased by Jakub Najs (TC Chrobry Scott Głogów) but after a while he sat up and returned to the bunch.
The escape stretched out their lead to 3 minutes, but thanks to strong ride by CCC Sprandi Polkowice at the head of the pack, the gap was reduced to 1:20, when entering the final laps. The “orange squad” led the peloton in the last tens of kilometers, catching the escapees with 6 km remaining and making sure that Grzegorz Stępniak gets to the finish in best position. In the very finale other teams got involved as well and eventually it was the foreign riders that shined in the sprint.
Alois Kankovsky (Whirpool Author) took the win, beating Tim Ariesen (Metec – TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel) and Maximilian Beyer (Rad-Net Rose Team). Grzegorz Stępniak claimed 8th place.
Adrian Honkisz arrived in the bunch and held off to his 5th spot in the general classification. Oleksandr Polivoda (Kolss-BDC) kept the leader jersey.