Mazovia Tour: Banaszek 3rd in stage 1

Alan Banaszek sprinted to 3rd place in stage 1 of Mazovia Tour, which ended with a bunch gallop.

Stage 1 of Mazovia Tour was held on a circuit around Kozienice and the total distance to cover was 165 kilometers. The course was flat and featured three intermediate sprints and seven Super Sprints, where points for Super Sprints classification could be gained.

Very fast pace early on prevented anyone from breaking clear and it took around 40 kilometers to form a breakaway of the day. It included two riders – Yannick Janssen (Bliz Merida) and Vasili Strokau (Belarus), who established almost 5-minute gap. They were chased by Jakub Soliński (KS Pogoń Mostostal Puławy), but the youngster was unable to bridge across.

The leading duo was working hard to hold off the bunch, but the spritners’ teams had things under control. They caught escapees with around 10km to go and the stage was decided in a mass sprint. The youngest rider on the “orange team” Alan Banaszek was one of the sprinters who were in the contention for the win and eventually he crossed the line in 3rd place. He came in only behind the new leader, Maximilian Beyer (Germany) and Alois Kankovsky (Whirlpool Author).

Eryk Latoń missed out on the top 3, as he took 4th at the line. Since he was 3rd at one of the intermediate sprints and got 1 bonus second, he moved up to 5th in the overall standings (11 seconds behind). Banaszek sits in 7th (also 11th back).