Grzegorz Stępniak (CCC Polsat Polkowice), in a sprinters’ duel along the roads of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki beat Mateusz Nowak (U-23 National Team of Poland) and Tomasz Smoleń (BGŻ Team) and he became the winner of stage 2 of the Dookoła Mazowsza race.
On another day of the competition within the Dokoła Mazowsza race the riders had to face a course of 176 kilometres, leading along the roads close to Nowy Dwór. In the sunny and very muggy weather the riders set off for the course of stage 2, to return to Nowy Dwór and ride the finish after riding the total distance (10 circuits 15 kilometres each).
During the first four circuits the peloton was riding dynamically, at a very strong pace, which did not allow anybody to ride out of it. All the attempts that appeared were instantly eliminated. Only in the 5th circuit, when the pace of the ride decreased a little, a group of 9 cyclists rode out of the peloton, among them there were Piotr Gawroński (CCC), Marcin Sapa (BDC), Błażej Janiaczyk (BGŻ), Marcin Wolski (Wibatech). The group gained several dozens seconds of a lead, which quickly increased and at a moment it reached over 4 minutes. In the peloton there were no volunteers who would take it upon themselves to eliminate the break-away.
In the further circuits an attack was launched by Marcin Sapa, Marcin Wolski and Sierhiej Papok (the National Team of Belarus), who left behind the other riders of the break-away.
When it was 150 kilometres left before the finishing line the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice got to the head of the peloton and a chase after the break-away was started together with riders of BGŻ Team. The rushing peloton instantly absorbed a group of 6 riders at first, and at 15 kilometres before the finishing line the three cyclists riding at the head disappeared.
In the last kilometres before the finishing line the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice started leading out their quickest sprint rider, Grzegorz Stępniak. The precisely arranged train led the rider to the final stretch, where Grzegorz got down to ‘finishing’, overtaking with a significant lead his rivals: Mateusz Nowak and Tomasz Smoleń.
Grzegorz Stępniak’s finish at the home stretch of stage 2 in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki.
Today’s stage win is my first victory in a UCI race, which I am much glad of – said Grzegorz Stępniak after the finish. I am very satisfied with the fact that today I was able to stand on the highest step of the podium, for which I would like to thank my team that perfectly led me to the victory.
The podium of the winners of stage 2 of the race.
Grzegorz Stępniak, the winner of stage 2 of the Dookoła Mazowsza race.
After today’s stage, Adam Wadecki (BDC MarcPol) is still in possession of the leader’s jersey, and Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) is holding the third place, 6 seconds behind the leader.
The CCC Polsat Polkowice team is leading in the teams classification.