Mateusz Taciak finished the “queen stage” of Czech Cycling Tour in 27th place. It was won by Czech, Jan Hirt (Etixx).
Third stage of Czech Cycling Tour looked extremely hard even though there were no very long climbs. There was 8 hills, with 2500 meters in altitude, 200 kilometers to ride, basically no flat terrain and 35-degree weather. CCC Polsat Polkowice tried to make things even harder for the peleton and set up a high pace in the first part of the race.
Due to that work the peleton split into few groups and at some point there was one 10-12 men group in the front with Mateusz Taciak and Marek Rutkiewicz. Adrian Kurek and Jarosław Marycz were pedaling in the second, little bit larger group, while the peleton was few minutes back.
The situation in the race was changing almost with every kilometer and it was hard to fallow every attack. The favorites waited with their move to the second to the last climb. This is where Czech Jan Hirt went solo. He gained 40 second advantage and nobody could stop him. He crossed the line by himself and won the stage. His teammate from Etixx team, Karel Hnik, arrived to the finish in second place. Nicolas Baldo (Team Vorarlberg) was third while losing 51 seconds. Mateusz Taciak was the highest ranked Polish National Team rider and was 27th, 2:04 behind the winner.
Tomorrow is the last stage of the race – relatively flat 145 kilometers from Olomouc to Dolany.
Results of stage 3, Zábřeh – Šternberk, 199,7km
1.Jan Hirt (Etixx)
2.Karel Hnik (Etixx)
3. Nicolas Baldo (Team Vorarlberg)
27. Mateusz Taciak
31. Jaroslaw Marycz
35. Marek Rutkiewicz
42. Adrian Kurek
74. Tomasz Kiendys
100. Grzegorz Stepniak