After winning city criterium, which was the prologue of Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala, Maciej Paterski claimed another victory, taking the „queen stage”.
Info: Stage 1, June 1st, Skarżysko Kamienna – Święty Krzyż, 188km
Course: hilly (five cat. 2 climbs and one cat. 1 climb just before the finish).
How it unfolded?
Initial kilometers were covered very fast and were filled with breakaway attempts. Eventually, after 40km of racing 4 men managed to go clear and among them was Patryk Stosz. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was pulling in the group alongside Jiri Polnicki (Czech Team), Pete Williams (One Pro) and Vitaliy Buts (Kolss), establishing over 3 minutes of advantage.
With around 60km into the stage, the escape fell apart. Williams got dropped, while Buts attacked. Later the leading trio merged and together they were trying to hold off the chasers. Their attempt was neutralized with 50km remaining, when they got caught by shattered bunch. Soon after another CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider made his move. This time it was Marcin Mrożek, who went off solo and gained almost 1-minute lead. Unfortunately he was also brought back in, with 11km to go.
19-man leading group approached final climb to Święty Krzyż. It included three “riders in orange” – Łukasz Owsian, Piotr Brożyna and Maciej Paterski. The latter didn’t want to wait for the finishing meters and decided to attack earlier. Nobody was able to respond to his acceleration, so he could celebrate his second consecutive victory, after winning Wednesday’s criterium in Kielce. Marek Rutkiewicz (Wibatech 7r Fuji) finished 2nd and Adam Stachowiak (Voster Uniwheels) 3rd.
Maciej Paterski retained his leader jersey, heading into stage 2, 14-kilometer individual time trial.