Victor de la Parte claimed 10th place in the last stage of Tour de Pologne, individual time trial and Jarosław Marycz took the honors as the best Polish rider in the race against the clock.
After cancelling yesterday’s stage, due to extreme weather, the riders took on the last stage of Tour de Pologne, individual time trial. It was 25 kilometers long, consisted of two straights, with the turnaround at the halfway point and some twisty finale at the main square in Cracow.
In the first part of the course the riders were gaining high speed, taking advantage of the tailwind. The way back was more uphill and wind blew the other way, making it hard for everyone.
The fastest time of the “orange squad” was set by Victor de la Parte, who was 10th at the line, 1:21 behind the winner. The second best CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was Jarosław Marycz, who was also the best Polish rider in the time trial, finishing in 19th place.
Before the TT I felt sluggish, but when it was time for racing I was able to push hard. I didn’t record great time in the first half of the race. There were guys, with more TT posture, who managed to use the tailwind in their favor much better. Second part of the route suited me more, since it was more uphill and this is where I gained some seconds on my opponents – Victor de la Parte said afterwards.
It was also very good team performance as 4 guys from the “orange squad” finished inside top 25.
The time trial was won by the Movistar duo – Alex Dowsett recorded the best result, and Jonathan Castroviejo was second. Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) claimed third. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) who approached the last stage with a large advantage over his rivals in GC, was 13th and secured an overall win. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac) joined him on the podium.
Felix Grossschartner was the team’s highest ranked rider. He will return home with 24th place.