CCC Sprandi Polkowice turned podium of Korona Kocich Gór orange, as Łukasz Owsian took the win and Maciej Paterski finished 3rd.
Info: June 17th, Trzebnica – Trzebnica, 181,8km
Course: undulating (nine, 20,3km undulating laps)
How it unfolded
The race played out according to similar scenario, as yesterday’s GP Doliny Baryczy. After around an hour of racing a decisive breakaway was formed and just like on Saturday, it also included three riders of CCC Sprandi Polkowice – this time it was Łukasz Owsian, Patryk Stosz and Maciej Paterski. Other teams, such as Voster, Wibatech 7r Fuji, Kolss or Team Hurom were also represented in the front and together the leading group gained 3 minutes on the bunch.
At first the peloton wanted to bring the gap down, but eventually it gave up and only 9-rider chasing group kept pursuing.
With around 40km to go 5 riders attacked from the escape – Łukasz Owsian, Emanuel Piaskowy (Hurom), Mateusz Komar (Voster), Andrii Bratashchuk (Kolss) and Jacek Morajko (Wibatech 7rFuji). Later also Maciej Paterski, together with Adrian Honkisz (Wibatech 7r Fuji) bridged across.
Inside final 10km Paterski pulled away with Komar and seconds later also Owsian joined them. CCC Sprandi Polkowice played their cards perfectly in the end, as Owsian launched a late attack, forcing Komar to chase. He held on until the line and notched the win. Komar finished 2nd and Paterski rolled across the line in 3rd.
The winning breakaway was formed on the second out of 9 laps. It included strong riders from most of the biggest teams, so I knew right away that the breakaway may survive until the end. When I saw who is attacking, I didn’t hesitate and pulled away too. With 80km to go we started to shake things up a little bit, to reduce the leading group. We didn’t want to wait for the finale, since you never know how the sprint will unfold. When there was three of us in the lead on the last lap, we talked with Maciej and we agreed that I will try to attack earlier and he will wait for the sprint. I went off with 2km remaining and was able to hold on and take the win – Łukasz Owsian explained.
Despite competing in Giro d’Italia and four Polish events, I don’t feel tired. First two stages of “Hubal” were very good and on the last two I was going through small crisis. After that race I took some rest, recovered and in Tour of Małopolska my sensations on the bike were very optimistic again. With few days left to Polish Championship my shape is exactly where I need it to be and I hope it will stay that way until Sunday’s race.
It was fourth consecutive victory for the Polkowice-based team, after triumphing in Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala, Tour of Małopolska and yesterday’s GP Doliny Baryczy.