Bartlomiej Matysiak achieved his biggest success of his career by winning the national title. It was also a great performance by the entire team – 6 riders in orange jerseys were present in the decisive breakaway.
The peloton tackled a 220km race, that consisted of ten 22-kilometer laps around Sleza mountain. All 15 Polish CCC Polsat Polkowice riders stood on the start line in Sobotka. One of them, Adrian Kurek attacked on the first lap with other 7 riders. Soon after Jaroslaw Marycz and Piotr Gawronski joined the leading group and formed the 15 men breakaway that managed to forge a minute and a half lead.
This group didn’t survive and the next move was made by the big favorites. Among them there was six riders in orange – Tomasz Marczyński, Marek Rutkiewicz, Łukasz Owsian, Bartlomiej Matysiak, Mateusz Taciak and Adrian Honkisz. There were also three riders from WorldTour teams – Maciej Bodnar, Przemysław Niemiec and former Polish champion, Michal Golas.
The group gained over 6 minute advantage with 60 kilometers to go. The chances that the breakaway will go all the way were very high. With numerical superiority of the CCC Polsat Polkowice, riders from other teams were trying to break clear. Maciej Bodnar decided to go solo and was riding with 40 second gap.
He was eventually reeled in on the final lap. That moment was followed by many attacks. The decisive one happened 3 kilometers from the finish and it involved Bartlomiej Matysiak, and two ActiveJet riders – Pawel Franczak and Michal Podlaski. They cooperated well and maintained advantage to the finish. Matysiak didn’t let his younger rivals outsprint him and claimed great win. – Franczak was the first one to start the sprint. I jumped over to his wheel and passed him in the final 50 meters. The sprint was almost tailored for me, because I like when the finish is slightly uphill – said Matysiak afterwards.
In the Top 15, there was 5 CCC Polsat Polkowice riders. Marczynski was 8th, Rutkiewicz 9th, Honkisz 11th, Owsian 12th and Taciak 15th.
Polish Championship, Sobótka, 220 km
1. Bartlomiej Matysiak 5:06:25
2. Pawel Franczak (Active Jet) 0:01
3. Michal Podlaski (ActiveJet) 0:09
8. Tomasz Marczynski 0:39
9. Marek Rutkiewicz 0:48
11. Adrian Honkisz 2:52
12. Lukasz Owsian 2:53
15. Mateusz Taciak 6:20
34. Piotr Gawronski 14:28
44. Jacek Morajko 18:28
45. Tomasz Kiendys
51. Pawel Charucki 18:29
Adrian Kurek DNF
Jaroslaw Marycz DNF
Mateusz Nowak DNF
Maciej Paterski DNF
Grzegorz Stepniak DNF