Tour du Limousin: 6th place for Paterski in the opener

Maciej Paterski kicked off Tour du Limousin with aggressive ride in the finale and 6th place in the bunch sprint finish.

Opening stage from Limoges to Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, was 176 kilometers long and featured a hilly, challenging course. Early on, a three-man group broke clear. It included Giorgio Cecchinel (Southeast), Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Guillaume Levarlet (Auber 93). They pushed the pace and quickly gained over 5-minute advantage.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice was the first team to react, sent few riders in the front of the bunch and reduced the lead to 2:30. When it was 100 kilometers to go Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) decided to bridge the gap. He succeeded and joined the leading group.

At that point the quartet had 2 minutes of advantage, but the peloton was only going to get faster. The escape was caught within the last 20 kilometers. A moment later Maciej Paterski tested his legs and took off from the field. He was joined by two other riders, but eventually they all were reeled in in the finale.

It came down to a bunch sprint and the fastest man of the day was Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF). He bested Andrea Pasqualon (Roth-Skoda) and Timothy Dupont (Roubaix). Despite the energy spent on the late attack, Maciej Paterski managed to finish in 6th. Also Grega Bole made the top 20, by taking 16th place.