For the third consecutive time, Adrian Kurek made his presence in the escape of the day and again put on the king of the mountains classification jersey.
I felt fine before the start, so I decided to try one more time to attack. I was very motivated and I took off right after the gun. I really wanted to take the most active rider classification jersey but sometimes things don’t go the way you would like to. I was upset with how things unfolded at the first prime. I started the sprint from to far back and I was unable to overtake my rivals. Also, after two days in the break, my legs were not as dynamic as they were at the beginning of the race – Adrian Kurek explained afterwards.
Regarding my plan for the next days – it’s hard to say. Of course I would like to maintain the jersey all the way to Cracow, but I’ve been in three breakaways already and big mountains are still ahead of us. I hope that if I lose the lead, it will be my teammate who takes it over.
Adrian Kurek was part of the first breakaway attempt. He attacked with Matej Mohoric (Cannondale-Garmin), Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing), Ian Boswell (Sky) and Marcin Białobłocki (Poland). Later, also Kamil Gradek decided to join the group. At first he was chasing solo, but then Białobłocki waited for him and helped him bridge across.
The leading six established over 2-minute gap and the peloton was keeping an eye on the escape the entire time. The cooperation in the leading group was not going very well, since few times some riders wanted to go clear. None of those early moves were successful though.
Three intermediate sprints were located on the Stage 3 route. Adrian Kurek collected two points on the last one. Gradek took the first, and Białobłocki was the fastest on other two. CCC Sprandi Polkowice managed to gain three more points on cat. 3 climb and he extended his lead in KOM classification (has 12 points, 8 more then Martijn Keizer). In the most active rider ranks he has 6 points on his account (2 less then the leader, Białobłocki).
Before entering circuits in Katowice, the escape started to break apart. First it was Gradek and Burghardt who got dropped. With 20 kilometers to go Białobłocki and Bowsell went away, and Kurek with Mohoric came back to the bunch. Eventually the Polish champion in individual time trial attacked by himself and Sky rider was also reeled in. Białobłocki got caught 4 kilometers from the line and the stage was decided with a fast-speed bunch sprint.
As usual, the final straight on Katowice was going insensibly downhill. Sprinters fired their cylinders, but it was Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) who was the fastest. He outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Tom Van Asbroeck (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).
Maciej Paterski finished in 20th place and sits 15th overall.