Michał Gołaś (Omega Pharma) became the Champion of Poland in the massed start race. During the finish out of the group of several dozen riders he overtook Tomasz Smoleń (Bank BGŻ) and Sylwester Janiszewski (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
The nearly 250-kilometre-long elite race, held along a very difficult, hilly and winding course, with the scorching sun and a high temperature, was a wonderful sporting spectacle, and at the most interesting points the contestants were cheered on by hundreds of spectators. Despite numerous attacks, a constantly changing situation and a lot of minutes of the lead of the break-away riders a big group of riders appeared at the front, ten kilometres before the finishing line, who survived the hardships of the competing at a fast pace.
Almost right after the start five riders attacked, to quickly gain a lead at one time reaching more than 11 minutes. A large group in which there were all the „stranieri” – Polish riders racing in foreign teams – were riding quite peacefully but when the lead riders were entering the circuits with several hard hill-climbs, seven riders counterattacked, among them Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre) and Michał Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma). The chase group started to make up for the deficits and they caught up with the leaders, forming a new lead.
Several dozen kilometres before the finishing line the riders of the Bank BGŻ team came to the head of the peloton having then a deficit of almost seven minute, and they set the pace of the reckless chase for a lot of kilometres. A few of them paid for it with a loss of strength and a withdrawal from the race, but the action ended up successfully.
A dozen or so kilometres before the finishing line two more riders jumped out of the lead – again they were Kwiatkowski and Niemiec – gaining a minute’s lead. After several kilometres they were caught up with by the rushing peloton, though.
In the last, finish metres at the head of the race a group of a dozen or so riders formed, who started a sprinters’ duel among themselves, for the title and the jersey of the Champion of Poland. Michał Gołaś (Omega Pharma Quick Step) turned out to be the quickest, winning by a bit over the sprint riders: Tomasz Smoleń (BGŻ Team) and Sylwester Janiszewski (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
The finish of the peloton in Sędziszów
The results of the Championships of Poland elite (249 km, the average of the winner 40,91 km/h)
1. Michał Gołaś (Omega Pharma Quick Step) – 6:05.13
2. Tomasz Smoleń (Bank BGŻ)
3. Sylwester Janiszewski (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
4. Jarosław Marycz (Saxo Bank)
5. Damian Walczak (BDC MarcPol)
6. Adam Wadecki (BDC MarcPol)
7. Bartosz Huzarski (Team Netapp)
8. Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
9. Artur Detko (KS Pogoń Mostostal Puławy)
10. Sławomir Kohut (Veltour Będzin) each the same time.
Sylwester Janiszewski – the bronze medal winner of the Championships of Poland.
For the best this year domestic rider, Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) Jędrzejów and Sędziszów turned out to be exceptionally unlucky. On Thursday he did not finish the time trial, and on Saturday, during the training he suffered a fall and he got severely bruised. Despite that he stood at the start of the massed start race, but again the bad luck reached him. In one of the bends the rear wheel of his bike slid on the sand, and another fall ended with a seriously bruised wrist, which not only forced him to withdraw from the race, but may also foil his further plans, including Tour de Pologne.
source: bgzproliga + own