CCC Sprandi Polkowice wraps first day of Polish Championships with gold medal for Piotr Brożyna in U23 and silver for Marcin Białobłocki in individual time trial.
Both U23 and elite riders took on 39,6-kilometer course, which consisted of two laps, 19,8km each,around Krokowa. CCC Sprandi Polkowice sent out 6 riders to race against the clock – three espoirs and three elite.
After taking 4th place in last year’s TT, this season Piotr Brożyna won the youth competition, setting the winning time of 53:05. He bested Szymon Sajnok (Attaque Team Gusto) by 17 seconds and Artur Sowiński (GKS Cartusia Kartuzy) by 43 seconds. Kamil Małecki and Michał Paluta clocked 5th and 7th best time of the day respectively (1:09 and 1:49 back).
I felt very good today, although on the first lap I thought that I’m going too fast and I didn’t know if I’ll be able to maintain that pace. It turned out that I did even better on the second lap, so everything went perfectly. Also the course suited me, since there were two hills on the circuit and I always cope well with such terrain – Piotr Brożyna explained. – Today wind was a big factor. I nearly crashed few times because of it and sometimes I couldn’t place my forearms on my aero handlebar.
When I reached the finish line every part of my body hurt, but it has to hurt if you want to give 100 percent. I’m very happy about that victory and it’s a nice feeling to put on the white-and-red jersey, after winning the U23 road race in 2014.
Marcin Białobłocki was defeated only by one rider in elite race, Michał Kwiatowski who has been preparing for Tour de France. CCC Sprandi Polkowice time trial perfectionist recorded 50:57, 1:15 behind the winner and 16 seconds ahead of bronze medalist, Maciej Bodnar.
It was a good performance for me. I don’t get too excited, because it’s not a victory, but I’m not disappointed either. It’s never a disgrace to lose to Michał Kwiatkowski and one can be proud to beat such a strong time trialist as Maciej Bodnar. Obviously it would be great to win today, but Michał was out of reach. I went flat out, gave my best, so for that reason, all in all, I can be satisfied – Marcin Białobłocki summed up.
Mateusz Taciak and Patryk Stosz took 7th and 8th place respectively (2:37 and 3:52 back).