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Memorial Grundmana and Wizowskiego: Łukasz Owsian takes 2nd place

Łukasz Owsian claimed second place in the Memorial Grundmana and Wizowskiego (1.,2 UCI). CCC Sprandi Polkowice launched a late attack from the breakaway and arrived at the finish alongside Adam Stachowiak.

I broke away from the escape with 30 kilometers to go. I accelerated on the categorized climb and Adam Stachowiak took off with me. Later few other riders tried to bridge across but eventually they had to let us go. We went full gas and we both gave it all. In the very end both me and Adam, tried solo moves, but we entered the sprint together. He tackled the last corner, 150 meters from the line, in first place and I was not able to overtake him on the final straight – Łukasz Owsian said afterwards.

My form is getting back on the track after very exhausting Giro d’Italia. I raced in the Tour of Małopolska after the Italian Grand Tour and my form was not stable there. One day I felt good, and another my legs were very tired. I didn’t rest enough after Giro. After Tour of Małopolska I spent few days on recovery. I didn’t put much pressure on myself before today’s race, since I have upcoming Polish championship in my mind. I’m happy that I was able to take advantage of good sensations today and finish on the podium.  

184-kilometer race, held on the undulating lap around Głogów, kicked off with large group breaking clear. 18 men managed to pull away early on and two CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were among them – Łukasz Owsian and Tomasz Kiendyś. The escape included also strong runners from other teams such as Artur Detko, Mateusz Komar, Adam Stachowiak Andriy Kulyk, Paweł Franczak or Sylwester Janiszewski.

They established over 5-minute lead with 75 kilometers into the race. Since none of the teams were eager to run the chase in the bunch, the gap was increasing with every next kilometer. The escapees had 7 minutes over the peloton with 45 kilometers to go so they were certain to survive all the way.

When it was 20 kilometers left, Łukasz Owsian decided to attack with Adam Stachowiak. They built up a 40-second advantage and held off the chasers. Stachowiak was fastest in a two-man sprint and took the win. Owsian finished in second place. Artur Detko was the first one to cross the line from the chasing group. Tomasz Kiendyś who was also in it, was 11th.