Paweł Cieślik from BGŻ Team became the winner of the 2nd stage of Małopolski Wyścig Górski. At the finish in Jodłownik he overtook his companion in the joint breakaway, Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
The next, second stage of Małopolski Wyścig Górski (cat. 2.2 UCI) began with the start in Chełmek. The riders had a distance of 162 kilometres with the finishing line in Jodłownik. The first part of the route led in a relatively flat area, but the last 100 km was a very difficult, hilly area, which gave the race a really mountainous character. At 65 kilometres of the route, in Mogilany, there was the first climb, and along the whole distance there were as many as six of them. The most difficult and most demanding ones were situated in the uphill stretches in Kostrza and Wilkowisko which the riders had to pass twice, doing two laps around Jodłownik.
From the very beginning the peloton imposed a very tough pace of the ride, because as early as at 4 kilometres of the route, in Libiąż, there was the first of three intermediate stages, won by Błażej Janiaczyk (BGŻ Team). After a field sprint for the intermediate stage the first, quite strong attack was launched. 12 cyclists rode away, but their lead was not too big and the riding hard peloton eliminated the break-away after several kilometres.
The peloton was riding very actively and the numerous attempts to attacks were quickly eliminated. At 30 kilometres, in Spytkowice, the next intermediated stage was won by Adrian Honkisz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) who got involved in almost each break-away from the very start.
The peloton’s pace was still very quick, and the average speed after 50 kilometres was 47 km/h.
At 60 kilometres of the route, in Radziszów a long and quite rigid uphill stretch started for the first climb in Mogilany. And again Adrian Honkisz attacked out of the peloton, joined by two Germans. The peloton got much stretched, smaller groups started to form. The climb was first reached by Adrian Honkisz (CCC Polsat Polkowice). In the downhill stretches after the climb the escaping threesome were joined by more riders but this action too was eliminated by the peloton.
Such a situation did not last too long, because the riders entered a much hilly area, which was taken advantage of by Marek Rutkiewicz who initiated a very dynamic attack. Only Paweł Cieślik (BGŻ Team) and Adrian Kurek (the Polish National Team) managed to join him. The three riders quickly increased the gap and behind them there were about 20 cyclists, divided into three smaller groups. The main group of the peloton was further and further behind feeling the tough pace of the initial kilometres of the route, as well as the very high temperature, which reached 30 degrees Celsius.
The three escaping cyclists: Rutkiewicz, Kurek, Cieślik
At the last intermediate stage in Raciechowice, won by Rutkiewicz, the three escaping riders had already over 2 minutes’ lead over the 7-rider chase group and over 5 minutes over the much thinned peloton.
When the riders entered the first lap around Jodłownik, the most difficult uphill stretches started – to Kostrze and Wilkowisko where there were climbs. Marek Rutkiewicz, as one of the best specialists in riding in the mountains, did not give any chances of winning to his companions in break-away, and won all the climbs on his way, becoming thus the leader of the mountains classification of the race. In the second lap Adrian Kurek dropped out of the escaping threesome, not able to maintain the pace of ride.
Marek Rutkiewicz and Paweł Cieślik cooperating harmoniously were heading for the finishing line on their own, and over 2 minutes behind them, the few remaining riders in small groups tried to reach the escapees.
As expected the escaping twosome reached the finish in Jodłownik, and the first one to arrive to the finishing line, with a little lead, was Paweł Cieślik (BGŻ Team), winnig over Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
Paweł Cieślik’s finish in Jodłownik. Behind him – Marek Rutkiewicz.
2.5 minutes after the winner, in the third place, another rider of BGŻ Team, Mariusz Witecki, crossed the finishing line.
Paweł Cieślik (BGŻ Team) became the new leader of the race, overtaking Marek Rutkiewicz by 5 seconds.
The results of stage 2, Chełmek – Jodłownik, 162 km.
1. Paweł Cieślik (BGŻ Team) 4:03:58
2. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
3. Mariusz Witecki (BGŻ Team) 2:26
7. Adrian Honkisz 7:08
26. Mateusz Taciak 15:24
41. Tomasz Kiendyś 16:50
50. Paweł Charucki 17:58
53. Bartłomiej Matysiak
The podium of the winners of stage 2.