This time third time wasn’t the charm. After previous two attempts, again CCC Polsat Polkowice rider was in the main breakaway. Mateusz Taciak tried to go for the win from the small group, but was caught by peleton driven by sprinters’ groups. Sprinter in “orange”, Grzegorz Stepniak finished in 11th place.
First two stages were marathon-long. Over 220-kilometers was enough to make legs tired. On this day there was “only” 174 kilometers to ride, from Kielce do Rzeszow.
The breakaway of the days was established right after the start, but peleton didn’t let it go easily. Mateusz Taciak attacked with Pawel Franczak (Polish National Team), Bjorn Thurau (Europcar) and Salvatore Pucci (Sky) and gained around 3 minute gap. The teams didn’t want to make the same mistake as the day before, and were making sure that it’s within their reach.
Even though escapees were going extremely fast – they averaged almost 47 km/h – they couldn’t increase their lead. Before entering Rzeszow it started to fade and the leading four was reeled in.
On two laps in Rzeszow there few riders tried to break clear but those moves were not solid enough. It came down to the bunch sprint, which was disturbed by a crash on the last kilometer. The group split and Theo Bos (Belkin) was the strongest from the 15-man group. Luka Mezgec (Gian-Shimano) was second and Michael Matthew (Orica GreenEdge) third. Grzegorz Stepniak was also among the fastest and finished in 11th place.
Maciej Paterski dropped to 8th place in the overall but maintained the pink jersey of the KOM classification leader. Taciak won the only KOM on this day and has the same amount of points.
Results of stage 3, Kielce – Rzeszów (174 km):
1. Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro 3:39:27
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
11. Grzegorz Stepniak
33. Bartlomiej Matysiak
52. Maciej Paterski
72. Marek Rutkiewicz
75. Branislau Samiolau
80. Tomasz Marczynski
115. Davide Rebellin
164. Mateusz Taciak 6:11