After an individual move Łukasz Owsian claimed the win in Cyklo Gdynia.
Practically I’ve spent all day in the breakaways, so it was definitely not an easy race. First I got in the large escape, which established relatively big advantage. The peloton picked up the pace though and caught us. It started to rain, it became very windy and many riders tried to pull away. Eventually a 3-man group, with me, Błażej Janiaczyk and Paweł Bernas, broke clear. Together with the sporting director, Piotr Wadecki, we decided to attack on the longer, 2-kilometer hill. Both Janiaczyk and Bernas are faster riders at the finish than me, so that was to only way I could go for a win. We managed to materialized that plan and claim the victory – Łukasz Owsian said afterwards.
I feel I’m in a good shape and I would like to take advantage of it in the upcoming races. Road Mountains Championship, which I won last year, will be held in a week. There are also Italian one-day races in the team’s program and also Polish Championship in duo and team time trial, so there are still plenty of opportunities to deliver good results this season.
Łukasz Owsian was very active from the very beginning of the race. He was involved in a first, 12-man breakaway, which included also two other CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders – Bartłomiej Matysiak and Jarosław Marycz. Michał Podlaski, Kamil Gradek (both ActiveJet), Błażej Janiaczyk (Kolss-BDC) and Tomasz Marczyński (Torku Sekerspor) were among the escapees as well. They established 2:40 lead, but the bunch, after a moment of quiet ride, increased the pace and caught the escape with 70 kilometers to go.
After a reshuffle in the field a new, 3-man break was formed in the front. Łukasz Owsian again managed to get in the leading group, alongside Janiaczyk and Paweł Bernas (ActiveJet). CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider didn’t wait until the finale and the sprint. He decided to take off earlier, around 30 kilometers before the finish. He went away solo and hold off the two chasers. He crossed the line by himself and grabbed the victory.
Błażej Janiaczyk came in 2nd and Paweł Bernas was third.