TdP: Rutkiewicz 11th overall, Majka wins the race

Mateusz Taciak was 11th fastest time trialist on the last stage of 71. Tour de Pologne and Marek Rutkiewic ended one-week race in 11th place overall. Rafał Majka took the win the the general classification.

The last stage of Tour de Pologne was the 25-kilometer time trial around Krakow. The start and the finish were placed on the historical main scquare and the course ran through flat terrain.

One of the firt riders to take off was Mateusz Taciak, bronze medalist in ITT from Polish championship in Zawonia. He set very good time – 29 minutes and 57 seconds. For a long time that was a “time to beat”. Eventualy he finished the stage in 11th place. Branislau Samoilau also performed well, covering 25-kilometers in 30 minutes and 39 seconds. That was enough for 28th position.

Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) was the strongest. His result was 29 minutes and 18 seconds. He beat Italian Adriano Malori (Movistar) and Brit Steve Cummings (BMC).

After two mountain stage wins Rafal Majka was defending the yellow jersey. He rode as fast as Taciak – 29:57 and that result gave him victory in the GC. That was the first Polish triumph since Polish race became UCI ProTour/WorldTour event.

Marek Rutkiewicz was 10th overall when he entered the final stage. He tried to maintain this position but on this day was unable to. His time was 55th result of the day and he dropped to 11th place in GC.


Results of stage 7, Krakow – Wieliczka – Krakow (25 km ITT):

1. Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) 29:18

2. Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) 00:03

3. Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing Team) 00:10

11. Mateusz Taciak 00:39

28. Branislau Samoilau 01:21

55. Marek Rutkiewicz 01:51

62. Tomasz Marczynski 02:00

64. Maciej Paterski 02:01

81. Grzegorz Stepniak 02:20

87. Davide Rebellin 02:36


Final general classification 71. Tour de Pologne:

1. Rafał Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) 30:16:18

2. Ion Izagirre (Movistar) 00:08

3. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) 00:22

11. Marek Rutkiewicz 01:55

19. Davide Rebellin 03:36

41. Branislau Samoilau 12:21

42. Tomasz Marczynski 12:50

57. Maciej Paterski 22:14

111. Grzegorz Stepniak 52:03

123. Mateusz Taciak 1:03:37