CCC Sprandi Polkowice kicked off the Race of Solidarity and the Olympians with a 17th place from Eryk Latoń. The morning stage, one of two held on the first day of racing, was won by Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH P/B Mantel).
The first stage ran around Lublin and was 126 kilometers long. There were no big obstacles on the course and bunch sprint was expected.
It wasn’t a typical race though. For the first 80 kilometers nobody was able to create a bigger gap. CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were very aggressive and present in every move, but due to high pace in the bunch, every breakaway was neutralized. The average speed after first hour of racing was over 50km/h.
On the final 40 kilometers finally the break established some gap. It was Konrad Tomasiak (Kolss-BDC) who broke clear and built up a one-minute lead. It wasn’t enough for him to think about the stage victory and was reeled in with 10 kilometers to go. Moment later, Jakub Kaczmarek punctured and had the chase down the bunch. He made his way back to the peloton before the finale.
The race ended with a bunch sprint. The “orange squad” was unable to set a sprinting train and found themselves blocked on the right side of the road. Eventually CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders didn’t take part in the fight for the win, and Eryk Latoń was the team’s top finisher – in 17th place. Johim Ariesen (Metec-TKH P/B Mantel) was the fastest. He outsprinted Kacper Gronkiewicz (K.S. Pogoń Mostostal Puławy) and Alois Kankovsky (Whirpool-Author).
Ariesen is the first leader of the race.