Jakub Kaczmarek claimed third place on Stage two of Race of Solidarity and the Olympians. CCC Sprandi Polkowice also became the new leader of youth classification.
Stage two, from Strzyżów to Krosno, was held in the evening. There were 87 kilometers to cover, with two categorized climbs – 55 kilometers into the stage and 7 kilometers from the finish. The finale was going uphill towards the main square in Krosno.
The finish was very twisty and little bit chaotic – Jakub Kaczmarek said afterwards. – I was trying to position myself for the sprint, but it was not an easy thing to do. There was some chaos at the front and also the cobblestone didn’t make things easier for me. I lost some rhythm because of that.
I felt I could even finish better than third place, but I’m still happy with my result. I’m not a typical sprinter and I feel more comfortable on long and steady climbs, than on short and steep hills, which we had to deal with today.
Just like morning Stage 1, also on the evening stage there were no breakaway with significant advantage. Most of the riders were awaiting two categorized hills. Adrian Honkisz and Michał Paluta were riding very aggressively, but their groups were getting reeled in quickly.
Final climb made the most damage in the bunch. It broke the peloton apart and a 45-man group emerged at the head of the race. It arrived at the finish and GC leader, Johim Ariesen (Metec – TKH Continental) was the strongest on the line. Paweł Franczak (ActiveJet) was second, and Jakub Kaczmarek finished third. Now he sits 4th overall, 10 seconds behind Ariesen.