Michał Paluta defended his 2015 title and put on another white-and-red jersey of the Polish Champion in U23 category. He was joined on the podium by Piotr Brożyna, who claimed bronze.
The U23 race consisted of 4 laps – 37 kilometers each. It featured two climbs – the hardest Palczyk and slightly shorter and less steep to Złoty Stok. First ascent of the day already sparked large selection in the field. 8 riders emerged in the front and four of them were representing CCC Sprandi Polkowice – Michał Paluta, Patryk Stosz, Piotr Brożyna and Kamil Małecki. The other attackers were Przemysław Kasperkiewicz (Klein Constantin), Piotr Konwa (TC Chrobry Scott Głogów), Szymon Rekita and Gracjan Szeląg (both Altopack-Eppel). The latter didn’t keep up the pace with the leaders for too long and lost conctact early.
The quality of the group was high enough to expect that it will survive all the way to the finish. The leading “7” gained a big lead and together continued the ride. On the penultimate lap Kasperkiewicz and Paluta tested their legs attacking on the Złoty Stok climb, but soon got reeled in. On the final circuit the situation up front was changing with every pedal stroke. “Riders in orange” were attacking one after another and other escapees were responding to those moves.
Finally Kamil Małecki broke clear with Piotr Konwa and later Michał Paluta joined the duo. The youngest of that trio was not able to stay in that group and fell behind.
On the Palczyk climb Konwa had a mechanical and was dropped. That left the door open for Paluta and the Polish champion from 2015 managed to hold off the chasing TC Chrobry Scott Głogów rider and defended his title. Konwa took second, while Piotr Brożyna finished third after an impressive chase and acceleration on the climbs.
I felt very well, especially on the climbs, but I knew that I have to save energy and not attack too early. It was very hot and the course was extremely hard, despite not that long distance. I’m very happy about defending the title andtaking home two medals – gold today and silver in the time trial.