Race of Solidarity and the Olympians: Sisr 6th on the “queen stage”, Banaszek loses the jersey

CCC Sprandi Polkowice was unable to maintain the leader jersey of Alan Banaszek on the “queen stage” of Race of Solidarity and the Olympians. Frantisek Sisr however managed to finish 6th and Adrian Kurek moved up to top 10 in general standings.

Info: 30th of June, Mielec – Krosno, 151,1km

Course: hilly

The penultimate stage featured hilly finale and was going to determine who will wear the GC jersey heading into the final day of racing. Alan Banaszek approached the stage as the overall leader, with small margin over his biggest rivals. It was quite a challenge for the young sprinter to hold off the opponents and defend the jersey.

Not only the demanding course was expected to make things interesting, but also the bad weather, with heavy rain falling right from the start.

In such conditions the peloton was happy with five riders, who were not a GC threat, going clear – Mateusz Grabis (Voster), Jacek Morajko (Wibatech 7r Fuji), Andris Vosekalns (Rietumu Banka – Riga), Jakub Murias (TC Chrobry Głogów) and Jonas Castrique (Lotto Soudal U23). They established 5-minute lead, which was controlled by the bunch, paced by CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

The chase intensified, as the riders were approaching the hardest part of the course. The breakaway got caught with around 15km to go. This is also when Adam Stachowiak (Voster) and Paweł Cieślik (Elkov-Author) attacked. Later they were joined by Jiri Polnicky (also Elkov) and Mateusz Komar (also Voster). The quarter arrived at the finish together and Komar sealed the stage win. He defeated Cieślik and Polnicki, while Frantisek Sisr was CCC Sprandi Polkowice’s top finisher, taking 6th place. Adrian Kurek was also part of the chasing group, which arrived 3 seconds after the winner and he moved up to 7th place overall. Alan Banaszek came in over 5 minutes behind, losing the yellow jersey to Komar.