Patryk Stosz made his presence known on stage 2 of Istrian Spring Trophy, which was won by Austrian, Markus Eibegger (Synergy Baku Cycling Project).
Stosz made the 4-man breakaway of the day which was established in the first part of racing. The escapees gained 3-minute advantage but got caught around 40 kilometers from the finish, on the ascent towards Kovačići. – This is where some selection was made. The 200-man peloton shrank to over 100 riders – Tomasz Brozyna, sport director said. – Our riders were riding at the head of the first group and tried to break clear. Eventually the entire bunch began the final climb together. Just like yesterday, the last ascent stretched out the group and in the end the riders had to face some hard, cobblestone sections.
Markus Eibegger (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) was the strongest on that day and hit the top in first place. He bested Silvio Herklotz (Team Stölting) and Sergey Nikolaeva (Itera – Katusha), who was wearing the leader’s jersey. The stage winner took it over from him and will protect it on the last day of racing.
Bartłomiej Matysiak was the highest ranked rider from the Polkowice-based team and came in 26th place. He is 22 overall (1:05 behind Ibegger)
The 4-day race will be wrapped up with a hilly stage from Pazin do Umag, which features three 27-kilometer laps in the end, with one climb. The finish is set on the flat road.
Results of stage 2 of Istrian Spring Trophy, Vrsar – Motovun, 157km
1.Markus Eibegger (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
2.Silvio Herklotz (Team Stölting)
3.Sergey Nikolaev (Itera – Katusha)
26. Bartłomiej Matysiak (Poland) 0:35
34. Eryk Latoń (Poland) 0:47
35. Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland)
73. Michał Paluta (Poland) 1:40
121. Piotr Brożyna (Poland) 3:44
183. Patryk Stosz (Polska) 18:37