For the second time in the row CCC Polsat Polkowice was represented in the breakaway of the day in the Tour de Pologne. This time it was Polish champion, Bartlomiej Matysiak who was a part of a three man leading group.
Stage two was very similar to the opening stage in terms of distance – over 225 kilometer, terrain and scenario. First group which attacked right after the start in Torun. Bartlomiej Matysiak formed a group with Przemysław Kasperkiewicz (Poland) and Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma Quick Step). They quickly gained 4 minute advantage which was held for most part of racing. GC leader’s team, Ag2R was setting the pace and didn’t want to let the trio go too far.
In the second half of the stage there were two intermediate sprints. Vakoc took both of them. When he sprinted for the second time and decided to leave his compatriots behind. Matysiak was not able to hold the wheel and Vakoc’s advantage was increasing with every kilometer. Eventually Polish champion and Kasperkiewicz came back to the bunch. Despite staying in the breakaway for most of the day the Czech rider still had some tank in his engine and the peleton couldn’t close the gap. He started first out three laps in Warsaw with over 2 minute advantage. The sprinters’ group reduced it only to 21 seconds and Vakoc could enjoy the biggest success in his career. He became also the leader in the overall.
Michael Matthews sprinted for second place but was not aware that another rider crossed the line before him and raised his arms in victory. Boris Valee (Lotto Balisol) took third. Grzegorz Stepniak tackled the least corner, 300 meters before the line, in the front of the group and was very close from claiming Top 5 spot. Unfortunately he had some problems with chain 150m to go, and ended up in 14th.
– My chain fell off and I’m pretty upset about it – said Stepniak afterwards. – I spent a lot of energy on the laps in Warsaw to fight for good position for the finish. I wanted to prove that I deserve to be on this team.
Now it’s all behind me and I have to think about next stages. I am motivated more than ever.
Maciej Paterski maintained his KOM leader jersey since there was no categorized climbs. He is still in Top10 and sits in 6th, 35 seconds back.
Results of stage 2, Torun – Warszawa, 226 km;
1. Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step ) 5:23:54
2. Michael Matthews (Orica Greenedge) 00:21
3. Boris Vallee (Lotto Belisol)
14. Grzegorz Stepniak
36. Marek Rutkiewicz
40. Tomasz Marczynski
48. Maciej Paterski
87. Davide Rebellin
91. Branislau Samoilau
117. Mateusz Taciak 1:17
161. Bartlomiej Matysiak 4:54