Mazovia Tour: Aggressive ride by the “orange squad”, Stosz 7th

CCC Sprandi Polkowice got a momentum going on stage 2 of Mazovia Tour, with three riders in the biggest move of the day. Unfortunately in the end, bad luck interrupted the “orange squad” in claiming better result and had to settle for 7th place taken by Patryk Stosz.

Info: stage 2, 27th of July, Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Grodzisk Mazowiecki, 170km

Course: flat

How it unfolded

First hour of racing was extremely fast and lively, as the riders covered 46 kilometers. Thus, to break clear was very hard and it took 65km to form a breakaway. When the pace eased up, 20-man group went away and it included three “riders in orange” – Patryk Stosz, Marcin Mrożek and Kamil Małecki. The former won first intermediate sprint, decreasing his overall time by 3 seconds.

The leading group established 3-minute gap, but then the collaboration in the front stopped working and the peloton picked up the speed.

With 50km remaining the advantage got under one minute mark, and the break started to split. 10-man leading group entered final 10km of racing and it included Stosz and Małecki. There was also Jarosław Marycz (Domin) who rolled the dice, with a late solo move. Not only good legs played in his favor, but also some luck. Chasers, with CCC Sprandi Polkowice duo among them, were misled by the pilot and got caught by the bunch.

Marycz arrived at the line 15 seconds ahead of the pack and Grzegorz Stępniak (Wibatech 7r Fuji) won the sprint for 2nd place, taking over the GC lead. Despite riding in the escape most of the day, Patryk  Stosz still managed to finish 7th, moving up to 6th overall (8 seconds back).