Josef Cerny was involved in the breakaway of the day on stage 2 of CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie, around Polkowice. Due to bonus seconds gained at the intermediate sprint, he put on the youth classification jersey.
It was very hard and windy today. I felt some pain in my back after yesterday’s crash and my legs were not feeling very well, but it was important to have a representative in the break. The situation on the route was very good for us, since we didn’t have to chase. My teammates had a chance to ride easily in the bunch and get some rest before the tomorrow’s mountain stage. It will be a crucial day in terms of the final GC and the youth classification– Josef Cerny said.
The breakaway of the day was established on the first lap (out of six). The four-man group, with Cerny and Theo Reinhaardt (Rad-Net Rose Team), Andrii Brataschuk (Kolss-BDC), Josef Hocek (Whirpool-Author) created a 2:20 gap. The advantage was controlled by the ActiveJet-led peloton.
Cerny was very active at the intermediate sprints and won first two of them. He was also third on the last prime. As it later turned out it was significant boost in the GC.
The escape was reeled in on a penultimate lap. After that “riders in orange” wanted to rip the group apart and launched lots of attacks. Tomasz Kiendyś, Adrian Kurek, Adrian Honkisz and Leszek Pluciński were all very aggressive, and after one of the moves, a 8-man group emerged in the front, with three CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders. Not everyone was contributing to the pace setting and it got caught in the very finale.
Peloton arrived at the finish in Polkowice in one piece and sprinters were fighting for the victory. Pascal Ackermann (Rad-Net Rose Team) outsprinted Andriy Kulyk (Kolss-BDC), the new leader of the race, and Alois Kankovsky (Whirpool-Author) to take the win.
Sprinter-less CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished outside Top 10, as Kiendyś claimed 16th place.
Coming into the hardest stage of 4-day event, Josef Cerny is the highest ranked “rider in orange” and sits in 3rd place. He is the youth classification leader as well, because of the bonus seconds claimed at the intermediate sprints. In overall standings Mateusz Taciak is right behind him in 4th.