Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice), after a successful attack in the uphill stretch in Gliczarów, became the winner of stage 3 and at the same time of the general classification of Małopolski Wyścig Górski (cat. 2.2 UCI).
On the last day of the competitions in Małopolski Wyścig Górski, the riders had a distance of 137 km to ride, from Rabka Zdrój to Bukowina Tatrzańska. And as it becomes a mountain race, the last stage led mostly in really demanding mountains. The riders fought for their points at as many as six climbs, in: Gruszowiec, Ostra, the Knurowska Mountain Pass, Skrzypne Górne, Sierockie and in a very difficult uphill (known from the route of Tour de Pologne) in Gliczarów. An additional obstacle during the stage was the dynamically changing weather conditions. At the starting line in Rabka it the spring sun was shining and the temperature reached up to 27 degrees Celsius, while the final part of the stage was held in fog and rain, at the temperature reaching only 9 degrees Celsius.
The stage had been promising to be very exciting, because BGŻ Team with the leader Paweł Cieślik had been declaring fighting to maintain the lead in the general classification, while the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice, with the vice-leader Marek Rutkiewicz had been preparing themselves for the attack to take the victory away from the leader.
In the first 20 kilometres the peloton was riding all together, although there were constantly attacks and attempts to break away. Nobody managed to ride away for longer, though. Only the action by Marcin Sapa (BDC MarcPol) and Stanislav Kozubek (Whirlpool Author) started before the Knurowska Mountain Pass alowed the twosome to ride away from the peloton and quickly gain a lead at one moment reaching almost 2 minutes.
When there were a bit over 15 kilometres left before the finishing line, another break-away started, for the second of the climbs in Skrzypne Górne. The weather started to change abruptly. It got foggy, the temperature dropped over 10 degrees Celsius and it started to rain. Sapa dropped out of the escaping twosome and out of the peloton Marek Rutkiewicz and Mateusz Taciak attacked. The climb was won by Kozubek, but in very difficult the downhill stretch Marek Rutkiewicz, who is a specialist in difficult downhills caught up with the Czech rider and in the uphill for Sierockie he was heading for the finishing line alone, leaving his rivals behind. On his way he took the points in the climb in Gliczarów, 43 seconds before Kozubek, and he was the first to cross the finishing line of stage 3. 1 minute 35 seconds behind the leader a group of seven riders arrived at the finishing line, brought by Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice).
Marek Rutkiewicz’s solitary finish in stage 3 in Bukowina Tatrzańska.
Marek Rutkiewicz – just as he had been declaring that he would be fighting to win the whole race – did it in a splendid way, confirming his perfect form and outclassing his rivals.
In the general classification he defeated two riders of BGŻ Team: Paweł Cieślik by 1:40 and Mariusz Witecki by 4:31. He also won the green jersey of CCC for the best climber of the race, as well as the blue jersey of Bruk-Bet for the best Polish rider.
The results of stage 3, Rabka Zdrój – Bukowina Tatrzańska, 137 km
1. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) 3:37:19
2. Stanislav Kozubek (Whirlpool Author) 0:43
3. Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) 1:35
33. Adrian Honkisz 5:24
43. Paweł Charucki 9:45
46. Tomasz Kiendyś 12:47
47. Bartłomiej Matysiak
The final classification of the race
1. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
2. Paweł Cieślik (BGŻ Team) 1:40
3. Mariusz Witecki (BGŻ Team) 4:31
8. Adrian Honkisz 12:48
13. Mateusz Taciak 17:14
43. Paweł Charucki 28:02
45. Tomasz Kiendyś 29:56
47. Bartłomiej Matysiak 31:00
The podium of stage 3: Kozubek, Rutkiewicz, Taciak.