Bartłomiej Matysiak claimed 7th place in Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Czech Republic and Josef Cerny made his presence known, by getting into the break.
The 168-kilometer route of the Czech event consisted of eight, 21-kilometer undulating laps around Nachod (close to Polish border).
Soon after the start a very strong 7-man escape was established. CCC Sprandi Polkowice representative, Josef Cerny was part of that move, alongside Jan Kovar, Michael Kukrle (both Whirlpool Author), Karel Hnik, Jiri Polnicky, Adam Stachowiak (all VERVA ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team) and Marek Rutkiewicz (Wibatech Fuji).
They built up almost 5 minute lead, but the peloton didn’t make their life easy and cut the gap to only 2 minutes, with 80km to go.
With 25km remaining Rutkiewicz, Polnicky and Kukrle decided to launch an attack and broke clear. The rest of escapees, including Cerny, got reeled in by the chasing group.
The Polish-Czech trio held off the chasers, although they split apart on the last circuit. Rutkiewicz took off solo and kept his leading position all the way to end. He successfully crossed the line, beating Polnicky and Kukrle.
Bartłomiej Matysiak was the team’s top finisher, taking 7th. Michał Paluta arrived in his group as well and claimed 12th.