Tomasz Marczyński (CCC Polsat Polkowice) became the new champion of Poland in road cycling in men’s elite massed start race, held along the distance of 218 km, around the 800-year-old Złotoryja.
The silver medal was won by another representative of CCC Polsat Polkowice, Tomasz Smoleń. Maciej Paterski (Liquigas – Cannondale) stood on the lowest level of the podium, with the bronze medal. The fourth place was won by Michał Gołaś (Vacansoleil DCM).
Marczyński, thus, won his second gold during this year’s Championships of Poland in Złotoryja – after winning the Thursday individual time trial. Previously such a situation happened in 2000 when Piotr Wadecki became the champion of individual time trial, as well as of massed start race.
For Tomasz Marczyński it is the second title of the champion of Poland in the elite category in massed start race. In 2007 in Kielce he won the jersey with the eagle on it for the first time.
The elite race started with a break-away of a group of 16 as early as in the 1st lap. At the front there were, among others, six cyclists of CCC Polsat Polkowice – Dariusz Batek, Paweł Charucki, Adrian Honkisz, Jacek Morajko, Sylwester Janiszewski, Tomasz Kiendyś, three cyclists from BDC Team – Mariusz Kowal, Dariusz Baranowski, Wojciech Ziółkowski, as well as Michał Kwiatkowski (Team RadioShack), Jarosław Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) and Michał Gołaś.
In the second lap Morajko, Baranowski and Kwiatkowski broke off the leading group, starting harmonious cooperation and reaching an advantage over the peloton of over 8 minutes. In the group of 13 cyclists behind them there were no signs of the will to chase them, so they got caught by the peloton in the 7th lap. At the front there were still Kwiatkowski, Morajko, Baranowski and their advantage at the end of the seventh lap was over 6 minutes.
From that moment the peloton got down to hard work and during the next lap it made up for as many as three minutes to the escaping group. The next laps around Złotoryja were an intensive chase after the leading threesome, which got caught up with in the last, tenth lap.
Despite numerous attacks a group of 40 cyclists reached the last kilometre, settling the sprint finish among themselves. Marczyński turned out to be the best, having an excellent form during the championships and winning his second gold.
The results of men’s elite 2011:
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