Mazovia Tour: Banaszek 5th after a breakaway

Alan Banaszek spent most of stage 2 of Mazovia Tour in the breakaway and finished 5th at the line.

After very lively opening, with an average speed of 47km/h, a 22-man breakaway was formed. It included two CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders – Nikolay Mihaylov and Alan Banaszek. They were joined in that move by some other sprinters and GC favorites, such as Adrian Banaszek, Kamil Gradek (both Verva ActiveJet) or Sylwester Janiszewski (Wibatech Fuji). They established over 3-minute gap and

Midway through the race it started to rain heavily and the wind picked up.

With 60km remaining the gap was still 2:40, but when the peloton pushed the pace harder, it dropped to around one minute with 30km to go. As it turned out it was enough for the escapees to hold off the chasing group though.

In the stage’s finale three riders decided to launch an attack: Matti Manninen (Bliz Merida), Patrick Van der Duim (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) and Tomas Buchacek (Whirpool Author ). They managed to create some gap and hold on to their lead. The trio came in with 5 seconds of advantage over the group with Banaszek, and Manninen was the fastest at the line. He bested Van der Duim and Buchacek. Young CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider finished in 5th and before the final stage he occupies 7th place in the overall standings. He is 7 seconds behind the leader, Manninen.