After Saturday’s victory claimed by Alan Banaszek in Memoriał Henryka Łasaka, Maciej Paterski extended the winning streak of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, triumphing at Puchar Uzdrowisk Karpackich (1.2)
Info: 13th of August, Jedlicze – Lesko, 179,9km
How it unfolded
The race was played out according to an unusual scenario, since there was no a traditional breakaway. It stayed all together until 80km into the race, when on a climb 5 race favorites decided to launch an attack. Maciej Paterski didn’t miss that move, going away with Marek Rutkiewicz, Jacek Morajko (both Wibatech 7r Fuji), Adam Stachowiak (Voster) and Paweł Bernas (Domin).
They established a 2-minute lead and initially LKT Brandenburg was trying to close that gap. The quality of the leaders was just too much for them though and eventually they stopped their chase, letting the advantage skyrocket to over 5 minutes.
Breakaway split on the climb with 10km to go and leading five turned into leading trio – Paterski, Rutkiewicz and Bernas. They arrived at the line together and a three-man sprint decided who takes the win. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider timed his final push perfectly defeating Bernas, who got 2nd and Rutkiewicz who finished 3rd.
In the hardest moment of the course, halfway through the race, Wibatech 7r Fuji started setting very high pace and this is were the decisive, 5-man move was made. We collaborated well in that group and everyone was contributing – Maciej Paterski explains.
With 10km remaining it got more lively and after few attacks we left behind Jacek Morajko and Adam Stachowiak. They managed to get back in the race with 2km to go though and Jacek kicked right away. Nobody followed, so I decided to close the gap. We caught him when it was 1km left and only Bernas and Rutkiewicz stayed with me. The former opened the sprint first and I jumped off his wheel 200m from the line and I was able to overtake him to take the win.