Leszek Pluciński finished 2nd in the Visegrad V4 Race – GP Poland, after attacking on the last climb. Bartosz Warchoł took the win thanks to a surprising, late escape.
The plan was to attack from the very start. Josef Cerny was the first one to materialize it, since he pulled away early on. He forced other teams to work at the head of the bunch. In the end, when the peloton included only 20 men, our team was represented by 4 riders. We complemented each other and we were attacking one after another. After few attempts, a 3-man group, with myself, was formed in the lead, On the last hill Bartosz Warchoł joined us and took off right away. We controlled the gap on the ascent, but during descent he extended his advantage and we couldn’t catch him. The sprint for 2nd place was very chaotic but it ended well for me – Leszek Pluciński said aftewards.
Even though the race was only 135km long, it was defiantly not an easy day. There were 9 climbs on the way and in some parts of the slopes the percentage would reach 20%. On the first climb of the day, Josef Cerny launched an attack. He broke clear with Artur Detko (Domin Sport) but they were caught by the ActiveJet-led bunch.
Piotr Brożna was involved in the next move. Again, he was joined by a Domin Sport runner. This time it was Jakub Foltyn. They gained over 30-second lead but ActiveJet didn’t let them go either.
The escape was reeled in by a shattered, 20-man bunch. On the last climb to Sosnowka, Leszek Plcuiński made a move, alongside Adam Stachowiak (Kolss-BDC) and Tomas Koudela (SKC Tufo Prostējov) and created a 25-second gap. It was only 17km to go and the riders in chasing group were not cooperating well together. The advantage increased to one minute, while Bartosz Warchoł (Cycling Academy) decided to bridge the gap and joined the leading trio. Surprisingly he didn’t stay in that group for too long and jumped away one more time. Nobody followed him and he soloed for victory.
Leszek Pluciński was the fastest in the race for 2nd place. He bested Koudela, who rounded out the podium.