Race of Solidarity and Olympians: Kaczmarek still leads youth classification, Kiendyś in the escape

Jakub Kaczmarek finished in 14th place on Stage 3 of Race of Solidarity and the Olympians and retained his youth classification lead. Tomasz Kiendyś was also a part of the day’s main breakaway and won two intermediate sprints. 

After very lively and filled with action beginning, around 30 kilometers into the stage, a leading group was formed. Tomasz Kiendyś was in it alongside Toms Skujins (Łotwa), Tobias Knaup (Kuota) and Paweł Cieślik (Whirpool-Author). Later they were joined by Marcin Mrożek (Vejus) and Maksym Vasilyev (ISD Continental) creating a 6-man escape of the day.

Their advantage reached 5 minutes, before teams, which didn’t have their representatives in the front, started to chase them down. The peloton was reducing the gap steadily and with 40 kilometers to go the differential dropped to 1:30.

Tomasz Kiendyś, who was 18 seconds behind in the GC, took advantage of the fact that he was riding in the break and won two intermediate sprints. He gained 6 bonus seconds and moved up in the overall standings.

When it was 20 kilometers left, the gap decreased under 30 seconds. Kiendyś decided to wait for the bunch and soon other escapees were also reeled in.

With 9 kilometers to go a big crash happened in the main field. Michał Paluta, Eryk Latoń and Grzegorz Stępniak were involved. They all continued with no serious injuries but were unable to catch the peloton on the circuit in Jaworzno. Sprinters-less team was unable to fight for the podium and Jakub Kaczmarek was the top finisher, in 14th place. He defended his youth classification lead and is now 7th overall. He is 10 seconds behind Johim Ariesen.