After an incredible performance on the longest stage of Le Tour de Langkawi, Łukasz Owsian moved up to 2nd place in general classification.
Info: Stage 7, March 24th, Nilai – Muar, 222,4km
Despite long distance of 222 kilometers, it was an action packed stage. Łukasz Owsian was very active from the very beginning as he pulled away after 50km of racing. Also highest ranked “rider in orange” in GC, Piotr Brożyna was riding attentively, attacking and keeping an eye on the yellow jersey group.
The composition of the breakaway kept changing, as riders were bridging to the front or some were falling behind. One thing remain constant – Owsian was always up there with the strongest. He was also in the right place and at the right time, when a decisive move was made, around 35km from the finish, when strong group of “10” went away.
They kept increasing their lead over chasing bunch with GC leader, Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) and arrived to the line with 1:26 gap. Polish rider picked up 3 bonus seconds earlier and was one of the stronger driving forces in the break. After such a hard work there was not much left for the sprint and he finished in 9th place. His aggressive and ambitious performance helped him move up in the standings to 2nd place though. Before the final stage to Kuala Lumpur, he sits in 2nd place, 28 seconds behind Ovechkin, and 4 seconds ahead of Benjamin Dyball (St. George Continental Cycling Team) who is 3rd.
Before the start our sporting director, Piotr Wadecki had told us that we have nothing to lose and we need to ride aggressively. And we did exactly that. There were multiple attempts early on and I was basically in every important move – Owsian explained. – The profile of the stage seemed on paper to be much easier, than it was in reality. It was all up-and-down, with no flat. We decided to go all in and it paid off. We ended up being almost 30 seconds shy of taking over the GC lead, but I can be happy with my performance since I gave everything I had. We will see what tomorrow will bring. We still haven’t said our last word and we will continue to fight.
The only downside of this stage for CCC Sprandi Polkowice was Alan Banaszek’s abandon. He crashed, broke his bike and because of that had to pull out of the race.