After a solo move in the finale Tomasz Kiendyś won the last stage of Mazovia Tour. Alan Banaszek, who finished in 5th claimed 6th place overall.
The last stage was 187km long. Like the previous two, was held on a circuit – this time around Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. It was quite unusual stage and dangerous, due to rain, sections of cobblestones, and a railway crossings. There was short climb near the end of the lap, at the fortress in Modlin.
– The first phase of the competition saw many teams fighting for the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints, to move up in the standings. Mazovia Tour is decided by seconds, so every sprint was important. Thus, it was hard to form any kind of escape. Basically everyone on our team tried to get in the break, but everything was being quickly brought back in – Thomas Kiendyś explained.
After the halfway point, when the GC and sprinters’ teams got tired, Bartłomiej Matysiak managed to slip into the 4-man leading group. They gained few minutes of advantage. On the penultimate lap railway crossing was closed, but the group with Bartek made it before the barrier went down. We had to wait, but later the jury stopped the leaders to neutralize the gap.
When the peloton had Bartek’s group in sight, the pace increased even more, the field split, but me and Alan Banaszek were near the head of the pack. The escape got caught 3 kilometers before the finish. I decided not to wait for a mass sprint and I launched an attack right away, on the climb. Sprinters’ teams were not as fresh as earlier and I wanted to take advantage of that. I took off before the lead-out guys formed “trains” for their sprinters and I managed to hold on and win the stage.
I’ve taken part in this event multiple times and I even claimed an overall victory, but this is my first staged win here. In 2006 I won the race, by seeking every single bonus second at intermediate sprints and doing solid TT, which at the time was part of the race.
It’s a pity that we were unable to fight for the podium this year in the general classification, but at least we finished the race on a positive note – Tomasz Kiendyś summed up.
Kiendyś crossed the line 1 second ahead of the fastest sprinters, Gert-Jan Bosman (Jo Piels Cycling) and GC leader, Matti Manninen (Bliz Merida). Alan Banaszek finished 5th.
Manninen defended his jersey and secured the final victory. Adrian Banaszek (Verva ActiveJet) took 2nd, after collecting extra 6 seconds at two sprints, located in the first half of the stage. Third place went to Marco Mathis (German team). Alan Banaszek, who was the highest ranked “rider in orange” in GC, completed the competition in 6th place, 10 seconds back.