CCC Polsat Polkowice were almost in every breakaway attempt on stage 4 of Tour de Pologne. Eventually it came down to the high speed bunch sprint, which was won by Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol).
The longest stage from Tarnow to Katowice was 236 kilometers long and was quite unusual. First breakaway of the day, with one CCC Polsat Polkowice rider – Branislau Samoilau, was created after series of attacks. It was very hard to get into the leading group since the pace in the bunch was extremely high. The escapees didn’t stay ahead of the peleton for too long – only until 90km into the stage. The cooperation in the breakaway was not going great and peleton was not comfortable with those particular riders in the front.
Next move came from Josh Edmondson (Sky) and Matthias Krizek (Cannondale). Later Mateusz Taciak joined the duo and they quickly gained 4 minute lead. Krizek took all three intermediate sprints, while Taciak was three times second. CCC Polsat Polkowice rider was aiming more at the KOM’s and he took maximum amount of points due to two wins on categorized climbs (cat. 3). After 3 days in pink for Paterski, Taciak put on the leader of KOM classification jersey.
On the laps in Katowice Przemysław Kasperkiewicz (Polska) and Jerome Cousin (Europcar), who was attacking early into the stage, joined Taciak’s group. When the peleton was getting closer few riders tried solo attempts but they were all reeled in. Maciej Paterski also attacked from the big group and also was caught. Again at the end the sprinters were fighting for glory.
Final sprint in Katowice is known for it’s high speed. The road his going slightly downhill and the winner crosses the line at almost 80 km/h. This time it was Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol) who was the fastest and claimed the win. He outsprinted Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) and Luca Mezgec (Giant shimano). Grzegorz Stepniak was 19th.
In the general classification Petr Vaokc (Omega Pharma Quick Step) is in the lead. Maciej Paterski dropped to 10th, but is still the highest ranked Polish rider in the GC.
We had planed that Maciek Paterski oraz Bartek Matysiak will go into the breakaway – said Taciak afterwards.There were many attacks and we had to fallow all of them. When the Samoilau’s group was reeled I managed to join another one. It was very hard for me to keep up the pace of my two compatriots, since I was in the breakaway the day before and my legs were already tired. It turned out quite good, I collected another 6 points to the KOM classification and we kept the pink jersey in our team.
Results of stage 4, Tarnów – Katowice (236 km);
1. Jonas Van Genechten (Lotto Belisol) 5:43:29
2. Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team)
3. Luka Mezgec (Team Giant-Shimano)
19. Grzegorz Stepniak
30. Bartlomiej Matysiak
33. Marek Rutkiewicz
80. Tomasz Marczynski
102. Davide Rebellin
106. Branislau Samoilau
110. Maciej Paterski
161. Mateusz Taciak 4:39