Maciej Paterski finished off Tour of Małopolska with a bang, winning the last stage and general classification. It was his second consecutive stage victory and second consecutive triumph in multi-day Polish event (after Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala). .
Info: Stage 3, June 11th, Chochołowskie Termy – Nowy Targ, 113km
How it unfolded
The breakaway of the day went clear right after the gun. It involved 8 riders, who were far behind in the general standings – Mateusz Komar (Voster), Szymon Tracz (Wibatech 7r Fuji), Tomasz Dudziak (Dar Bud Team), Paweł Szóstka (TC Chrobry Głogów), Raman Ramanau (Mińsk), Raman Tsishkou (Mińsk), Jonathan Dinkler (PS Team Thuringen), Martin Boubal (CK Pribram Gastro). Their biggest advantage of the day was less than 2 minutes.
In the demanding terrain the breakaway split and with 48km remaining it was all over for the escapees, as they got caught by around 30-man bunch. Maciej Paterski and Łukasz Owsian, alongside four other riders – Marek Rutkiewicz (Wibatech 7r Fuji), Adam Stachowiak (Voster), Anatoliy Budyak (ISD-Jorbi Continental Team) and Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Riwal Platform Cycling Team), attacked on the last climb of the stage, building up a 30-second gap.
They were being chased for the final 35km by 30-man bunch. In the end Adria Mobil started to pull harder and was closing in on the leaders. Just before the finish Pawel Bernas (Domin) attacked from behind and caught all the escapees, but one – Maciej Paterski. Yellow jersey wearer proved to be the strongest rider of the race, taking the final stage and winning the general classification.
Paweł Bernas finished 2nd securing 2nd place overall, while Gregaard Wilsly claimed 3rd– both on the stage and in GC. Another CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider, Łukasz Owsian finished Tour of Małopolska in 5th place. In addition, Paterski won points classification and CCC Sprandi Polkowice the teams classification.
It was a short, but very tough stage – Maciej Paterski explains. – We had things under control throughout the entire day. At every point of the race I had somebody by my side, so I never had to chase by myself. Even when our biggest opponents launched their attacks I had a teammate next to me. Later in the stage we broke away with few other riders. The situation was good for, so me and Łukasz Owsian could just safe energy and let other guys pull. In the finale, when we realized that our group has a big chance of succeeding we decided to contribute. Just before the finish Paweł Bernas bridged across. I sat on his wheel and did the sprint. I was able to beat him and take the stage win.
Now it’s time for recovery. Two one-day Polish races are ahead of us next weekend and then Polish Championships. I think I can approach the Nationals with a calm mind and I should be in good form.