Istrian Spring Trophy: Paluta in top 30

Michał Paluta was the team’s top finisher on Stage 1 of Istrian Spring Trophy, which was taken by Markus Eibegger (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels)

159-kilometer stage was planned out for the second day of racing. It ended with a 6-kilometer climb, with the maximum gradient of 10% and a cobblestone 400-meter section in the very end.

Two-man move was made soon into the stage, as Kristjan Fajt (Adria Mobil) and Daniel Crista (Tusnad Cycling Team) attacked early on. The peloton let them gain 5 minutes of advantage, which was recorded at 65km mark. It wasn’t enough to outpace the bunch and the group entered the final 20 kilometers all together.

A descent led to the final climb and it began to rain when we were going downhill. The road got wet, slippery and dangerous, since some riders were taking a lot of risk – Michał Paluta talked about the finale. – Also the beginning of the climb was quite chaotic and fast. Everyone was trying to move up front and because of that few crashes happened in the peloton. Mateusz Taciak led me and Patryk Stosz out to find a good position for the sprint, but we were too far back to be in the contention for top places. The final kilometer was steep and the bunch came in heavily shredded. 

Polish U23 champion finished in 30th place and Stosz took 36th, 9 seconds behind the winner, Markus Eibegger (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels). Austrian edged out Matej Mugerli (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) and Ivan Garcia Cortina (Klein Constantia) and took over the overall lead. Stosz is ranked 19th in GC (21 seconds back).