Jarosław Kowalczyk (BDC MarcPol) became the winner of stage 3 of the cycling race Dokoła Mazowsza. In the third place Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) crossed the finishing line.
During stage 3 of the Dookoła Mazowsza race the riders had a course of the total length of 176 kilometres to ride. The starting and finishing line was situated in Kozienice, and the course of the race led along the roads in the town’s neighbourhood. The contestants first rode 4 big, 30-kilometre long, circuits and after that smaller, 17-kilometre ones, which crossed the finishing line in the centre of Kozienice.
During the first two big circuits, despite a very high temperature, the peloton was riding very dynamically, at over 45 km/h. There were a lot of attacks and attempts to break-away, however, none of the riders managed to break away for longer than several dozens seconds. The first serious action took place after the peloton had reached the 50 kilometres of the course. Then a group of 6 riders attacked out of the peloton, another three riders joined them and a group of nine break-away riders formed. In the break-away group there were among others Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Łukasz Bodnar (BGŻ), Jacek Morajko (Reprezentacja Wojska) and the highest ranked in the GC Artur Detko from the team of Mostostal. The break-away group soon gained a lead of over 3 minutes over the peloton which was riding quite slowly and there wasn’t anybody willing to eliminate the break-away. As this arrangement was not especially too advantageous for the CCC Polsat Polkowice team and no other team of the peloton was interested in eliminating the break-away, they took it upon themselves to catch up with the escapees. When the CCC riders got to the head of the peloton, the advantage of the escaping group momentarily started to decrease and right before the large circuits ended there was no trace left after the breakaway. In the streets of Kozienice, where the little circuits started, the peloton was riding all together.
The action deciding about the results of the stage took place in the second little circuit. A group of 10 cyclist rode out of the much stretched peloton, in it there was Bartek Matysiak. Several kilometres before the finishing line an attack was performed out of the peloton, by the very active during that stage Marcin Wolski (Wibatech) who was joined by Jarosław Kowalczyk (BDC). They were not riding together for a long time, because an attempt to attack was made by Kowalczyk who left the tired rival, to cross the finishing line on his own. In the finish he overtook Marcin Wolski by 11 seconds. The remaining group of eight cyclists arrived at the finishing line 1 minute 29 seconds after the leader, brought by Bartłomiej Matysiak, who thus took the third place in the stage.
After three stages Adam Wadecki (BDC) is still the leader, overtaking by eight seconds Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) and the Slovak Roman Bronis (Dukla Trenczyn).
The victory in the whole race will be decided by the Saturday individual time trial at the distance of 24 km in Szydłowiec.
The results of the third stage (Kozienice – Kozienice, 177 km):
1. Jarosław Kowalczyk (BDC MarcPol) – 4:03.48
2. Marcin Wolski (Wibatech Ziemia Brzeska) – @ 11 s
3. Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) – 1.29
4. Dmytro Wołowod (Ukraine – Lampre) -2.27
5. Jakub Kaczmarek (KTK Kalisz)
6. Przemysław Sobieraj (Warmińsko-Mazurskie KS) – the same time each
The general classification after three stages:
1. Adam Wadecki (BDC MarcPol) – 12:22.27
2. Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) – @ 8 s
3. Roman Bronis (Slovakia – Dukla Trenczyn) – the same time
4. Mateusz Nowak (the National Team of Poland) – @ 20 s
5. Aron Kremer (Holland – Westland Wil) – @ 26 s
6. Mariusz Witecki (Bank BGŻ) – the same time