Race of Solidarity and the Olympians: Banaszek 3rd on last stage, wins points classification

Alan Banaszek was the fastest from the chasing bunch on the last stage of Race of Solidarity and the Olympians, taking 3rd place in Lublin and securing victory in points classification. Adrian Kurek completed the event in top 10 overall.

Info: 1st of July, Świdnik – Lublin, 163,1km

Course: flat

The final stage saw 8 riders going clear after 30km of racing. Mateusz Taciak was part of that move, as well as Maarten Van Trijp (Metec), Uladzimir Harakhavik, Arseni Ikanovich (both Belarus), Sylwester Janiszewski (Wibatech 7r Fuji), Yauhen Sobal (Minsk), Jarosław Marycz (Domin), Richard Banusch (LKT Team Brandenburg). They extended their lead to over 3 minutes.

Team Hurom, which was unable to send their rider into the escape, was working hard at the head of the pack. They closed the gap with 60km to go. With such a long distance left, it was expected that a new escape will be established. Harakhavik tried again, this time with Kamil Zieliński (Domin). They built up over 4-minute lead and initially the bunch was not too eager to close that gap.

They started to chase too late and the duo was able to hold on and outpace the field. Kamil Zieliński bested Uladzimir Harakhavik, who had a mechanical just before the finish, winning the stage. CCC Sprandi Polkowice was pacing the pack on the final laps in Lublin and led him out to 3rd place at the line. By finishing on the podium he secured victory in points classification.

Mateusz Komar (Voster) claimed the overall, ahead of Paweł Cieślik (Elkov-Author) and Adam Stachowiak (Voster). Adrian Kurek was CCC Sprandi Polkowice top GC finisher, taking 9th place.