Maciej Paterski survived in the breakaway all the way to the finish and claimed 3rd place on one of the hardest stages of Tour de Suisse.
I felt very well right from the start. I broke away early on and later everything went according to the plan. We had many riders in the break, we all collaborated well together and we managed to build a solid advantage before of the final climb – Maciej Paterski said afterwards. – There were some quality riders in the escape and I didn’t expect I would be able finish in the top 3. Especially because I caught a cold few days ago due to rain and bad weather. My morale was down and I even considered to abandon. Thankfully today I felt much more healthy and that resulted in podium spot.
I’m really satisfied with Maciej’s performance and how the stage unfolded – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director o CCC Sprandi Polkowice added. – That was the plan to get in the break, because we expected that it might survive. I’m impressed with Maciej’s result – claimed on the climb, which is not his specialty – and how fast he came back to his top form after some health issues in the spring.
I’m also very happy about Polish teams’ performance in Tour de Suisse. Both – we and Verva ActiveJet – are putting up a fight against all the best teams in the world. We’re among the strongest in the mountains and we occupy 4 spots in the top 25 of general classification. I also have to admit that Paweł Cieślik impressed me a lot, as he came in today with the best climbers.
Second mountain stage of this year’s Tour de Suisse featured two categorized climbs – HC category Klausenpass at 100,2km and cat. 1 to the finish line in Amden. In total there was 162,8km to cover. Unfortunately the weather was not gracious to the riders again, as the raining clouds were hanging over the peloton for most of the day.
Maciej Paterski went clear in the initial part of the stage, alongside 14 other riders. He pulled away with Gregory Rast (Trek Segafredo), Philipe Gilbert (BMC Racing), Kristijan Koren (Cannondale), Pim Ligthart, Tosh Van der Sande (both Lotto Soudal), Iljo Keisse, Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (both Etixx Quick Step), Kévin Reza (FDJ), Martin Elmiger (IAM), Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar), Nico Brüngger (Team Roth), Pietr Weening, Antwan Tolhoek (both Roompot – Oranje Peloton) and Jordi Simon (Verva ActiveJet).
They cooperated well to establish over 5-minute advantage at the top of Klausenpass. On the descend the peloton was not taking too much risk and the escape took advantage of that, stretching out the lead to almost 9 minutes, with 25km to go.
Right after the breakaway hit the bottom of the final climb Weening took off. Paterski didn’t give up and continued to ride steady, but strong tempo. Meanwhile the pace in the shattered bunch picked up drastically and the escapees were getting reeled in one by one.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice managed to hold off that chase though. He reached the top of the ascent in 3rd place, taking first WorldTour podium spot in 2016 season. Only Weening and Richeze finished ahead of him.
Second best “rider in orange’ on the stage was Victor de la Parte who claimed 22nd place (5:50 back) and elevated himself to 14th overall. Felix Grossschartner sits 19th in GC. Wilco Kelderman (Team LottoNL – Jumbo) took over the leader jersey.