Mateusz Taciak was one of the most active riders on Stage 7 of Tour of Austria. CCC Sprandi Polkowice cyclist was involved in the breakaway of the day and made an impressive move in the finale.
Short distance of 125 kilometers and mostly flat profile was on the menu. After 22 kilometers of racing a large, 21-man breakaway was established. Mateusz Taciak was part of that action alongside such riders as Moren Moser (Cannondale-Garmin), Blel Kadri (Ag2r La Mondiale), Jan Tratnik (Amplatz – BMC), Evgeni Petrov (Tinkoff-Saxo), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), David Tanner (IAM Cycling), Lukas Postlberger, Michael Gogl (both Tirol), Daniel Auer (WSA-Greenlife), or Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) who was the biggest threat for the GC riders. He sat 9th overall, only 3:11 behind. At first, one rider from the leader’s team – Team Vorarlberg – was also in the front, but he came back to the bunch to help his teammates protect the jersey.
With 75 kilometers into the stage the advantage reached its peak – 2:35. After that moment, the bunch started to reduce the gap but the chase was not strong enough to catch the escape. The pace in the break was very solid until the very end and many runners tried to pull away from the leading group.
One of the most aggressive cyclists in the front was Mateusz Taciak. He found the right moment and in the finale launched an attack. He created few hundred meters of advantage and only Lukas Postlberger was ahead of him. Eventually the Pole got caught in the last kilometer, but he showcased great and courageous ride. The Austrian managed to hold off the chasers and took the solo win. Eduard Vorganov and Moreno Moser finished in second and third respectively.
Jan Hirt arrived in the peloton, 1:09 behind the winner and maintained his third place overall. Also the leader of the race, Victor De La Parte (Team Vorarlberg), kept his yellow jersey. Tomorrow is the last stage of the race. It features 184 kilometers and an undulating profile, with two cat. 1 climbs, which are located in the first 120 kilometers. The finish itself is on the flat roads of Bregenz.