The Race of Solidarity and the Olympics: Honkisz wins in Kielce

The rider of CCC Polsat Polkowice, Adrian Honkisz, became the winner of the 4th stage of the Race of Solidarity and the Olympics, with the finishing line in Kielce. At the finishing line in Kielce he beat Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil) and Luc Hagenaars (Metec Cyclingteam).

During the first three stages of the race the riders were competing on course that led completely in flat areas, and it was the sprint riders that fought for the stage win. Two wins were achieved by Andre Schulze from Team Netapp, against whom the sprint rider of CCC Polsat Polkowice Sylwester Janiszewski was competing gamely. Despite the superiority of the German rider, Sylwek is holding a high, 5th place in the general classification of the race and is the highest ranked Polish cyclist.

Today’s 4th stage of the race, 158 kilometres long, ended with the finishing line in Kielce, and in the final kilometres the first break-aways appeared. The riders passed three climbs situated in the last 30 kilometres of the course: in Klonowo, Krajno Wymyślona and Krajno Parcele. They weren’t hard to ride, and yet they caused the peloton to get badly shattered.
Today, a bigger obstacle for the riders was the very high temperature (35 degrees Celsius) and the scorching sun. The heat coming form the sky made life difficult to a lot of riders.

From the very start in Tomaszów Mazowiecki there were numerous attacks and attempts to break away in the peloton. None of the first attacks succeeded, though. Only at 30 kilometres of the route a group of four riders with Łukasz Bodnar (BGŻ Team) and Piotr Kirpsza (BDC MarcPol) broke away. The escaping foursome rode together for 80 kilometres, achieving a big lead over the peloton, at one time reaching almost 5 minutes. The peloton was controlling the break-away for the whole time and when there were fewer and fewer kilometres before the finishing line it bridged the gap. When the first hills started at the front of the peloton the riders of Adria Mobil appeared and they very soon caught up with the escapees. The quick pace of the ride and the uphill stretches to the climbs in Krajno led to forming a group of almost 50 riders at the front, out of which individual attacks started.

In the final part of the stage Adrian Honkisz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) rode very actively. 4 kilometres before the finishing line he was riding in a four-rider group with Darek Baranowski (BDC) having a little lead over the other riders. Unfortunately the breakaway got eliminated.

When the peloton rode into us, although less than a kilometre was left before the finishing line, it looked as if the peloton was stopping – reports Adrian Honkisz. I decided to take advantage of that moment and I attacked. There was a little uphill stretch, and slow-down elements in it. I passed them safely and I found myself in a sharp bend behind which there was only the finishing line. I had enough time only to look behind me and seeing that I have some lead over the chasing me rider of Adria I pressed the pedals even harder. There were few metres left before the finishing line and passing it I could not believe that I had beaten the rivals.

Adrian Honkisz was the first to cross the finishing line, with his hand raised, several metres behind him, in the second place Matej Mugerli from Adria arrived, luckily avoiding the crash that took place right behind them. In the crash a lot of riders fell, among them Sylwester Janiszewski.

Marco Kump from the team of Adria Mobil became the leader of the race after four stages. Sylwester Janiszewski is holding the 5th place, 6 seconds behind the leader.


Adrian Honkisz’s finish of stage 4 in Kielce


Adrian Honkisz on the podium.

The results of stage 4, Tomaszów Maz. – Kielce

1. Adrian Honkisz (CCC Polsat Polkowice)    3:51:44
2. Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil)
3. Luc Hagenaars (Metec Cyclingteam)

41. Sylwester Janiszewski
80. Grzegorz Stępniak         4:59
95. Piotr Gawroński
DNF Marek Rutkiewicz