The first day of competition in the race Settimana Internazionale di Coppi Ciclistica e Bartali was very grueling for riders at the same time provided a lot of emotions.
Traditionally, the first day, the riders had to play two stages. The morning stage was relatively short (about 100 miles) and looking at the route profile can be assumed to be typical for this stage of sprinters. Although the route were two driveways, which was thought to be easily vanquished by the peloton reaches the finish line, and the whole group. Unfortunately, these two ramps firmly gave the characters a significant part of the pack. To finish came in Gatteo 60-strong group of cyclists (including some sprinters) and fight for the stage win was played in the sprint stylu.W the first group there were three riders CCC Polsat Polkowice with which to fight for the stage win Bartek joined occupying Matysiak high eighth place.
A struggle summed up in the morning he Bartek Matysiak stage … the first stage of the race, even though it was short was not so easy or flat. These two ramps in the middle of the trail was very demanding, and the other firmly ripped the peloton. I managed to enter the top of a small gap to the leaders. At the congress, which led directly to the run stage, quickly caught up with the leading bunch. The rest of the pack the rest for us. Sam was a very nervous finish, a lot of pushing and finding the best position for the finish. On the last few meters I was a little closed and I was not able to go higher. Besides, it was quite narrow and could end up pushing just crashes. I am pleased with this 8.miejsca to a good start and ……. fight on.
During the day I was hoping for a good result – said Grzegorz Stepniak, thoroughbred sprinter CCC Polsat Polkowice. Before the stage, looking at the profile of the route, I thought that these two harmless-looking driveways can be overcome easily. Unfortunately, proved to be very stiff and you have to make it clear that I was not strong enough today to beat them together with the leaders. A similar problem with their defeat was also a number of other riders.
Overall, my form is still at the stage yet and I hope to build and frankly, I’m sure that soon everything will be OK. I need just a little more time. Hooray for Bart, he can drive hard to the hills and even zafiniszować – I envy him this art – ended Grzegorz Stepniak.
In the afternoon, was played the second stage of the race, which was Team time trial. The teams competed in four configurations which meant that each of the teams participating in the race staged two configurations: the “A” and “B”.
CCC Polsat Polkowice team was divided into teams: “A” (Rebellin, Morajko, Rutkiewicz, Taciak) and “B” (Matysiak, Marycz, cock, Stepniak).
It was a good performance by both teams, “orange”. On the 50 competing teams, the team CCC Polsat Polkowice “A” time pass 13 minutes. 41 sec. took 10th place, losing to the winning team Katusha just 26 seconds. Team “B” beat time trial route in 13 minutes. 59 seconds. and took 25th place.
Team “B”, in which I was driving too asekuracyjnie started – said Grzegorz Stepniak. It was wet and very slippery surface. I personally, after the fall of the race, time trial at the Vuelta Andalucia, now this fall I had in my head that I really mind the ride. Too bad, because this episode could ride a few seconds faster. Team “seniors” with “Rutka” and Davide Rebellin went pretty well. Congratulations guys, you were still better than the young (laughs).