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National Championships TT: Taciak 3rd, Stosz with the title and two U23 riders on the podium

CCC Sprandi Polkowice completed first day of Polish Championships with three medals. Mateusz Taciak earned bronze in elite, while Patryk Stosz took the title in U23 category and Michał Paluta claimed silver. 

U23 riders were competing on a 39-kilometer course (3 laps, 13 kilometers each). The winner, Patryk Stosz covered that distance in 53:27, 7 seconds faster than Michał Paluta, who set 2nd fastest time. Przemysław Kasperkiewicz (Klein Constantin) was third and Piotr Brożyna nearly missed out on the podium. All of the CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders finished inside top 15, since Kamil Małecki was 8th and Alan Banaszek 13th.

It was a technical course, but at the same time one needed a lot of power in the legs to perform well. There was also one climb on the lap, where you could gain a lot of seconds on the rivals – said Patryk Stosz, white-red jersey wearer, afterwards. – I was going fast on the first lap, but not full gas and when I learnt that I recorded best time at first time check, I knew that I am capable of winning here. My sporting director, Sławomir Błaszczyk deserves a lot of credit for that victory, since his instructions and information that he provided me with helped me find the right pace. I came in totally exhausted, with cramps in my leg, so I gave everything out there. I am very satisfied with the result, especially because I stood on the podium next to my teammate, Michał. 

 

What’s the most important is the fact, that our team got the title. We wanted to color the podium orange again and we succeeded in that – said runner-up, Michał Paluta. – Sporting director, Piotr Wadecki was following me in the car and thanks to his words of encouragement I was extremely well motivated and because of him I switched to a harder gear on a few occasions. With the way he can motivate his riders, I’m not surprised that Michał Kwiatkowski won the world championship title with him, as a national coach. 

I didn’t feel very well at the beginning of the TT. Later I found the rhythm and I can say that I left everything I had on the road. Now the road race is ahead of us. It will be held on a very demanding, hilly route, but I should be prepared and ready to defend the title. 

In the elite race, Mateusz Taciak claimed his 6 bronze TT medal. This time he lost only to last year’s winner, Marcin Białobłocki, who got 2nd and a new Polish champion, Maciej Bodnar. Other CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders – Jarosław Marycz, Adrian Kurek and Tomasz Kiedyś – took 6th, 8th and 10th respectively.

Of course every medal gives me a lot of satisfaction and that’s the case also this time – Mateusz Taciak said. – I fulfilled the plan, but at the same time I was hoping to finish a little bit higher on the podium, than in previous years. My rivals were very strong though and it would be very hard to defeat them. I was preparing for those Nationals very precisely. I did a recon of the course to know every corner and every pothole. I got the information on the first lap that I’m in the top 3, which gave me a lot of confidence, calmed me down and helped me maintain solid tempo all the way to the end.