Łukasz Owsian claimed bronze medal in the Road Mountains Polish Championship. Last year’s winner arrived at the finish only behind the duo Tomasz Marczyński and Michał Gołas.
At the end of the seventh lap Marczyński attacked, and Gołaś answered. I tried to join them, but the gap at the top was too big and I had to chase down alone for the next two laps – Łukasz Owsian said afterwards. – I did my best and I fought until the very end. The leading duo was at my sight the entire time, but I was unable to close the gap. At the bottom of the last climb I was told I’m 40 seconds behind and at the finish I was only 3 seconds down, so it means I gave it all.
I am satisfied with the bronze, although I was hoping to repeat my last year’s victory. I was beaten by two very good riders – road race Polish champion, Tomasz Marczyński and Michał Gołaś who rides for one of the best teams in the world. They both are preparing for the world championships so they are close to their best form.
The race featured a lot of climbing. The 122-kilometer route consisted of nine, 12-kilometer laps, with one steep 6-kilometer climb (max. 20%). The finish line was located 2 kilometers from the top, in Chybotek.
As expectd the decisive break was formed early on. At first there were four CCC Sprandi Polkowice representatives in the leading group – Jakub Kaczmarek, Patryk Stosz, Sylwester Szmyd and last year’s winner, Łukasz Owsian. Later Piotr Brożyna and Adrian Honkisz joined the leaders, extending the group of “orange escapees” to six. Other riders who were riding in the front were Dariusz Batek, Jacek Morajko, Tomasz Marczyński, Michał Gołaś, Kamil Zieliński, Piotr Konwa, Adrian Brzózka, Jakub Foltyn and Piotr Skarżyński.
The composition of the leading group was changing constantly. After solid selection, 8 riders emerged at the front – Owsian, Szmyd, Honkisz, Batek, Morajko, Marczyński, Brzózka and Zieliński – and one of them was going to be a winner.
With 25 kilometers to go Szmyd and Morajko got dropped. On the penultimate lap Marczyński and Gołaś decided to attack. Łukasz Owsian was trying to followand close the gap, but despite ambitious ride he didn’t manage to catch the duo and defend his title. He came in third, only three seconds behind the winner, Tomasz Marczyński. He took the double Polish championship, since he also won the road race in Sobótka, where he also defeated silver medalist, Michał Gołaś.
It was a very successful race for CCC Sprandi Polkowice U23 riders. Jakub Kaczamarek, who in few days will be competing in the world championship in Richmond, claimed the victory ahead of Piotr Brożyna. Marcin Karbowy (KK Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgórne) rounded out the podium.
Results of Road Mountains Polish Championship, Jelenia Góra, 122,5km
1. Tomasz Marczyński (Torku Sekersport)
2. Michał Gołaś (Etixx-Quick Step)
3. Łukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
5. Adrian Honkisz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
7. Sylwester Szmyd (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
11. Jakub Kaczmarek* (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
12. Piotr Brożyna* (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
21. Michał Paluta (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
DNF Mateusz Taciak
DNF Marek Rutkiewicz
DNF Patryk Stosz
DNF Kamil Małecki