Mariusz Witecki (CCC Polsat Polkowice) as an expert on Tour de Pologne concluded the cyclists’ performance in the second stage from Częstochowa to Dąbrowa Górnicza.
The second stage was definitely longer, 162 km, but the scenario was practically the same, that is a breakaway from the beginning, even the same faces: – ‘Matys’ Bartek Matysiak nad Adrian Kurek as well as the French from Euskaltel Pierre Cazaux, who like yesterday cooperated and settled among themselves three sprint stages.
Today especially the young cyclist from the representation of Poland deserves to be praised, because he has managed to break away on two consecutive days and to increase his points collection in the combativity classification to 13 points which is a big number, with which you can start thinking of bringing the jersey to the finishing line.
I liked the way Poles cooperated with each other at intermediate stages, because we could see how ‘Matys’ led out Adrian at the third sprint stage. And, of course, Bartek deserves praise winning at two climbs, which gave him the best climber’s jersey. So, like yesterday, we see two Poles receiving jerseys on the podium. There couldn’t be anything worse than two of our compatriots competing against each other while the points were collected by foreign cyclists. Bravo for the attitude.
I had still hoped, that Kittel would not manage to jump onto the podium today, and that Adrian Kurek would receive the leader’s jersey, unfortunately he confirmed his class winning, and tomorrow he is going to wear the leader’s jersey again, perhaps tomorrow.
And finally, unfortunately the dangerous crash in the last 3 kilometres. Luckily in the protected area, so none of the pretenders to the final triumph had any unnecessary losses, and I hope that none of the Poles got involved and battered there.
Tomorrow a similar, flat stage, so we can expect breakaways again. At the finishing line in Katowice there is a dangerous and fast finish, where we are going to see the whole peloton, and I wish we would not see any crashes.
Greetings – ‘Witek’ Mariusz Witecki