Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Polsat Polkowice) became the winner of the 50th edition of the Cup of the Minister of National Defence. At the finishing line in Płock he beat his companions from the breakaway: Radosław Romanik (BGŻ Team) and the Slovak cyclist from Dukla Trencin, Jurko Matej.
During the jubilee edition of the race for the Cup of the Minister of Defence the cyclists had a distance of 170 kilometres to ride, leading along the roads around Płock. At the starting line of the parade start 65 cyclists stood, from Polish professional teams, as well as cyclists from Belarus and Slovakia. After the massed start and the next stretch of several kilometres, the cyclists entered the big laps, 17.2 km each, which they rode as many as seven times.
From the start in the peloton which imposed a very quick pace of riding there were a lot of attacks and attempts to break away. Strong side wind was accompanying them during the whole race, which was favourable for the attacks and quite often made the peloton tear apart into small groups. During negotiating of one of the laps three cyclists jumped forward: Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Radosław Romanik (Bank BGŻ Team) and the Slovak Matej Jurco (Dukla Trencin – Merida). Quite soon the breakaway gained some advantage over the peloton, at one moment the advantage was almost 5 minutes. When the peloton entered the three little laps along the streets of Płock, the advantage over the peloton was almost 3 minutes and it was obvious that the breakaway of the threesome would reach the finishing line.
Right before the finishing line Tomasz Kiendyś attacked, and he crossed the finishing line alone, gaining 9 seconds of advantage over the second cyclist Radosław Romanik. Jurko Matej finished in the third position.
The seriously torn peloton was brought to the finishing line by Łukasz Bodnar (CCC Polsat Polkowice), who thus won his next points for the general classification of BGŻ ProLiga and in the absence of Tomasz Marczyński, he took the leader’s jersey from him, and he became the winner of the whole cycle in the season of 2011.
In the teams classification the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice turned out to be the victorious one.
The results of the race for the cup of the Minister of Defence, 20.08.2011
1. KIENDYŚ Tomasz CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE 4 02 27
2. ROMANIK Radosław BANK BGŻ 0 00 09
3. JURCO Matej DUKLA TRENCIN MERIDA 0 00 10
4. BODNAR Łukasz CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE 0 02 57
8. JANISZEWSKI Sylwester 0 03 40
11. SMOLEŃ Tomasz 0 03 44
12. BATEK Dariusz 0 03 47
19. HONKISZ Adrian 0 04 47
36. JANIACZYK Błażej 0 07 14