The cyclist of CCC Polsat Polkowice, Marek Rutkiewicz, is the winner of stage 2 of Małopolski Wyścig Górski. At the finishing line in Rabka he defeated his companions from the break-away: his team-mate Łukasz Bodnar and a young cyclist regularly racing in France – Adrian Kurek.
The second stage of the race led from the picturesque place in the mountains – Jodłownik near Limanowa to the spa in Rabka Zdrój, and it was almost 140 kilometres long. Despite having been shortened it was still not an easy stage. Its route led along the roads in the Gorce, where there were three climbs in difficult uphill stretches at Ostra Mountain Pass, Knurowska Mountain Pass and in Pieniążkowice near Czarny Dunajec. The constant, sometimes really heavy rains and the strongly blowing winds were additional impediments.
The course of the 2nd stage was totally dominated by the cyclists from the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice. As early as in the initial kilometres of the route Tomasz Marczyński, Mariusz Witecki and Jacek Morajko initiated a break-away as a result of which out of the peloton rode a group of several cyclists, gaining a few seconds of advantage. It had been planned in advance, because at the tenth kilometre, in Tymbark, the first of the intermediate stages was situated, where bonus seconds could be won. The fight for seconds was won by Tomasz Marczyński, who took the first place at the intermediate stage, becoming the virtual leader of the general classification of the race.
When the peloton had passed the intermediate stage the group of escapees was joined subsequently by more cyclists, which lead to creating a group of 30 cyclists at the head, that had an advantage of 45 seconds over the peloton. After another 15 kilometres the first very difficult and long uphill stretch started, towards the Mountain Pass in Ostra. The up-the-hill ride for the climb started in pouring rain, which among others made the group split, and the line of the climb was crossed by the cyclists individually. The first to cross the line was Jacek Morajko before Jarosław Dąbrowski from the team of Sokół Kęty and a team-mate Marek Rutkiewicz.
After crossing the line of the climb Marek Rutkiewicz presented his expertise in descending, starting the downhill ride with a dizzying speed. He was joined by Tomasz Marczyński and Łukasz Bodnar, and after a while also Adrian Kurek joined them. The escaping foursome quickly gained advantage over the shattered peloton and at the second intermediate stage, situated right after the descent in Ochotnica Dolna they had an advantage of almost 2 minutes over the first group, counting 12 cyclists, in which there were among others Jacek Morajko and Mariusz Witecki.
The first one to reach the next two climbs – at the Knurowska Mountain Pass and in Pieniążkowice was Marek Rutkiewicz, who won more points to give him the leading in the mountains classification of the race.
The escaping foursome was gaining a bigger and bigger advantage, that at one point reached over 5 minutes. Behind them the peloton was riding divided into two big groups. And it was like that to the end of the stage.
The finishing line in Rabka Zdrój was first crossed by Marek Rutkiewicz. Right behind him Łukasz Bodnar crossed the finishing line, and in the third place Adrian Kurek finished the race.
After 5 minutes, a group of 30 was brought by the Belgian cyclist from the team of Sunweb – Revor, Pauwels Kevin. The remaining part of the peloton reached the finishing line 15 minutes after the winner of the stage.
In the general classification all three places are held by cyclists from CCC Polsat Polkowice. The leading is held by Tomasz Marczyński, 30 seconds faster than Marek Rutkiewicz and 37 seconds better than. Łukasz Bodnar.
The best climber of the race is Marek Rutkiewicz and Tomasz Marczyński is also leading in the combativity classification. The best team is the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice.
The results of stage 2, Jodłownik – Rabka Zdrój
1. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) 3:25:40
2. Łukasz Bodnar (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
3. Adrian Kurek (Region Południowy)
4. Tomasz Marczyński (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
20. Jacek Morajko 5:10
24. Mariusz Witecki
78. Błażej Janiaczyk 14:53