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Honkisz as the team’s top finisher in GP Beghelli

Three “riders in orange” – Adrian Honkisz, Łukasz Owsian and Davide Rebellin – arrived at the line in the main, 35-man group in Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. Honkisz was the team’s top finisher as he took 23rd place. 

Despite aggressive ride by CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders at the beginning of the race, the breakaway of the day went clear without them. Those who managed to get in the lead were Merhawi Kudus (MTN – Qhubeka) and Jef Meirhaeghe (Tosport Vlaanderen – Baloise). They pulled away at 27 kilometer mark and later gained almost 5 minutes of advantage.

Soon after the start there was a big crash in the bunch, but “riders in orange” were not involved. It included Oscar Gatto (Androni – Sidermec), Ivan Savitskiy, Artem Nych (Rusvelo), Stefano Pirazzi, Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani – CSF), Jan Bakelants (Ag2r La Mondiale), Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Team Roompot), Sander Helven (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise) and Francisco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani – CSF). The last two had to abandon the race due to injuries suffered in that accident.

The peloton picked up the pace early on and caught the escapees with 61 kilometers to go. New attacks occurred right away. When 11-man group, without “riders in orange”, took off, CCC Sprandi Polkowice reacted quickly, moved up at the front of the field and started to set the pace. They reeled that escape in. Later on few other runners tried to build a gap, but none of those attempts were successful. The pace was high enough to decimate the group. Only 35 riders left in the main peloton – among them Adrian Honkisz, Łukasz Owsian and Davide Rebellin.

The strongest and fastest man of the day was Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF). In the finale he outsprinted his fellow compatriots, Manuel Belletti (Southeast) and Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida). Honkisz was the team’s top finisher, since he claimed 23rd place.

For the Polkowice-based team it was the last race of 2015 season held in Europe. There is only one more event in the team’s schedule – Tour of Hainan (20-28.10, 2.HC).