CCC Sprandi Polkowice were very aggressive and close from winning the „queen stage” of CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie. For the seconds time in this race, Mateusz Taciak finished in the Top 5.
Today’s stage didn’t go exactly how we would like to. We were hoping for a victory, overall lead and we had to settle with 5th place. Small group arrived at the finish and Jan Hirt gave me a lead-out. Dariusz Batek passed me so I jumped behind his wheel. On the last corner I was sitting in second place and it was good position for the sprint. In the end I didn’t have enough power to outsprint my rivals and few of them overtook me – Mateusz Taciak said afterwards.
Last stage is ahead of us. It’s flat so we will have to try gain bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints. It’s not my favorite type of racing but the race isn’t over until it’s over.
The “queen stage” of CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie, was 195km long. It was divided into 3 laps – 65km each. Two cat.1 climbs were located on the circuit – steep and cobblestone climb to Srebrna Góra, and slightly easier Przełecz Woliborska.
On the first lap Mateusz Nowak (Domin Sport) and Wojciech Skarżyński (Wibatech Fuji Żory) broke clear, although they were caught after 70km. On the second lap the race became more lively, since lots of riders managed to pull away. Among them there was Leszek Pluciński and Adrian Kurek who were involved in a 18-man escape. It was neutralized as well and the final 50km of racing turned out to be decisive.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice moved up to the front of the bunch and set very strong pace. The peloton broke in pieces after that move and 10-man group emerged in the lead – with Mateusz Taciak and Jan Hirt. Andriy Kulyk (Kolss-BDC) got dropped and lost over 2 minutes. Paweł Franczak (ActiveJet) was 35 seconds behind.
Taciak tried to jump away on the climb few times, but was caught by the chasers on the descent, where Hirt accidentally rode out of the road and almost crashed. The stage was decided in a sprint from 10-man group. Taciak, who was 3rd on the opening stage, this time finished 5th. Paweł Bernas claimed the win and became new leader of the race, with 9 second lead on the last year’s winner from CCC Sprandi Polkowice.
The “orange squad” is leading the teams classification.