Maciej Paterski gave out great performance on stage 1 of Tour de Pologne. He was a part of the breakaway which was established right before the start and was the last rider who was reeled in. Only 2 kilometers before finish. He also put on the KOM leader’s jersey and we will wear it at least on the next 2 stages.
Paterski got away with 4 other riders – Kamil Gradek (Polish National Team), Jimmy Engoulvent (Europcar), Anton Vorobyev (Katyusha) and Matthias Krizek (Cannondale). Their attack was the first one of the race and turned out to be successful one. It was not an easy task to go all the way to the finish since the stage was very long – 225 kilometers and it was held under very hard weather conditions. The temperature was around 36 degrees and it was very windy.
The escapees worked well together and their advantage reached at one point 14:10. When it dropped to 7 minutes the complete chaos begun. It started to rain, hail and the wind was extremely strong. Vorobyev was blown out of the course and a tree fell down on the road so the peleton had to slow down to go through.
It was raining also when the leading group entered the laps in Bydgoszcz and the gap was down to 1:30. After one lap there was a KOM (cat. 3) waiting for the riders. Paterski hit the top first, gained maximum points and became the leader of KOM classification. He will wear rose jersey at least for the next two days, since there is no categorized climbs on stage 2.
On the slippery streets in the town of Bydgoszcz entire breakaway crashed. Paterski was the first one to get back on the bike and took off solo. Later he was joined by Engoulvent, who became the leader of the sprint classification thanks to victory on one of two intermediate sprints. The Frenchman didn’t stay with Paterski too long and the Polish rider was alone against the peleton.
He was caught just 2 kilometers before finish and sprinters started taking over the race. The final few hundred meters were going slightly downhill and Yauheni Hutarovich was the strongest in such a terrain. He beat Roman Maikin (RusVelo) and Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida).
Grzegorz Stepniak finished in 11th place and was the highest ranked Polish rider on the stage. In the general classification Paterski sits in 4th, while Hutarovych is the owner of the yellow jersey.
Results of stage 1, Gdansk – Bydgoszcz (226 km):
1. Yauheni Hutarovich (AG2R La Mondiale) 5:47:50
2. Roman Maikin (RusVelo)
3. Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida)
11. Grzegorz Stepniak
20. Bartlomiej Matysiak
26. Marek Rutkiewicz
32. Tomasz Marczynski
35. Maciej Paterski
48. Davide Rebellin
64. Branislau Samoilau
80. Mateusz Taciak