The rider of the National Team of Poland, Mariusz Wiesiak became the winner of the 1st stage of Małopolski Wyścig Górski. At the starting line in Miechów he defeated Tomasz Smoleń (BGŻ Team) and Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
The riders’ start from the market square in Niepołomice began the jubilee, 50th edition of Małopolski Wyścig Kolarski. During the first stage that led from Niepołomice to Miechów, the riders rode a distance of 153 kilometres. Despite the fact that along the route there weren’t high mountains, that stage was not an easy one. In most of the route the area was slightly hilly, with a big number of mild uphill and downhill stretches, which in the sultry weather and a high temperature (about 27 degrees Celsius) made itself felt to the riders. Along this route there were three intermediate stages (Szczurowa, Koszyce, Racławice) and one climb in the Miechowskie Góry.
Right after the start in Niepołomice the peloton set off quite rapidly along the route of the stage. Even before leaving the town the 100-person peloton got much stretched. At the front riders of CCC Polsat Polkowice appeared, with the leader Bartek Matysiak, who stood out among the ‘orange’ outfits of his team mates, as he was riding in the yellow jersey of the leader of the race, that he had lost yesterday, during the criterium for the Gold Ring of Kraków.
In the first kilometres of the route a lot of riders tried to break away from the peloton but only two riders: Paweł Wdowiak (Bolmet Trek Legnica) and Stefan Gaebel (Team LV Sachsen) successfully broke away, quite fast riding away from the peloton. The lead of the escaping twosome quickly grew, which with the drowsy pace of the peloton let the break-away riders gain the lead of almost 11 minutes. On the way intermediate stages were held, being won by Stefan Gaebel. Paweł Wdowiak could not stand the hardship of riding with Gaebel and before the third intermediate stage he gave up riding together with the German cyclists and became absorbed by the peloton. At 60 kilometres before the finishing line, at the head, almost 6 minutes before the others the German was riding on his own and in the peloton a chase group started to form. Riders of CCC Polsat Polkowice supported by BGŻ Team and BDC moved to the front, which led to bridging the gap immediately. Eventually at 20 kilometres before the finishing line the Gaebel’s break-away was eliminated and the peloton was heading towards the finishing line together.
It did not last long because a lot of riders was looking forward to an opportunity to break away and to completed the stage with success. Among others Mateusz Taciak, Paweł Charucki and Adrian Honkisz from CCC Polsat Polkowice tried to break away, as well as riders of BGŻ (Witecki, Bodnar) and BDC (Walczak, Kowalczyk). Unfortunately, the peloton did not allow any break-aways, and it was sure that the struggle in the finish in Miechów will be a field sprint.
The final kilometre before the finishing line, already in a street of Miechów the route led along a steep downhill and an uphill to the finishing line. Out of the rushing peloton in the downhill stretch, well positioned Mariusz Wiesiak, finishing very dynamically, overtook slightly Tomasz Smoleń and Bartek Matysiak.
By winning the 1st stage Mariusz Wiesiak became the leader of Małopolski Wyscig Górski and in tomorrow’s stage he will ride in the yellow jersey of the sponsor: BDC.
The podium of the winners of stage 1 from Niepołomice to Miechów
The results of stage 1, Niepołomice – Miechów, 153 km
1. Mariusz Wiesiak (Polish National Team)
2. Tomasz Smoleń (BGŻ Team)
3. Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
5. Adrian Honkisz
40. Tomasz Kiendyś
47. Mateusz Taciak
51. Charucki Paweł
76. Marek Rutkiewicz