Maciej Paterski capped off Sibiu Cycling Tour with a 2nd place finish, after a twisty and technical finale of the last stage. Simone Ponzi completed the race in the top 10 overall.
Info: Stage 4, 9th of July, Sibiu – Sibiu, 148,8km
Course: undulating (four cat. C climbs)
How it unfolded
Łukasz Owsian was among early attacker, but eventually the breakaway went clear without CCC Sprandi Polkowice representatives. After fast initial kilometers, Riccardo Cenghialta (Unieuro Trevigiani – Hemus 1896), Nicolas Samparisi (d’Amico – Utensilnord), Mel Van der Veekens (Monkey Town Continental Team), Andrea Ruscetta (GM Europa Ovini), Ziga Horvat (Adria Mobil), Griffin Easter (Team Illuminate) opened up a 2-minute lead.
The peloton didn’t cut them any slack and had them in check. The “orange squad” moved up at the head of the pack in the final 50km of racing, reducing the gap.
The last escapee, Samparisi, got caught with around 5km to go and it was all decided on the cobbled streets of Sibiu. Maciej Paterski didn’t hesitate in the technical and twisty finale and finished 2nd, just behind stage winner, Eduard Grosu (Romania). Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocatolli) rounded out the podium.
We’d agreed before the stage that I will be sprinting in the end, since the finish suited me perfectly – Maciej Paterski explained. – When the breakaway went clear, we sat at the head of the bunch, controlling the pace. Our entire team did a great job helping me get to the finish in comfortable position.
Unfortunately with 3km to go Simone Ponzi punctured and that thwarted our plan. Had he been there with me in the end we would have had bigger chances of taking the win. Eduard Grosu surprised me with his early sprint, launched with 500m to go, at the bottom of the cobbled hill that led to the line. He held on and I was not able to come around him.
Egan Bernal (Androni Giocatolli) took the overall victory, ahead of Roth-Akros duo, Colin Stussi and Valentin Baillfiard. Puncture of Simone Ponzi happened inside 3km to go, in the safety zone, so he kept his 7th in GC.