Austrian Felix Grossschartner notched another good performance in his home race, climbing up to 6th place overall, while Patryk Stosz made his presence known getting into the day’s main escape.
Info: Stage 2, 4th of July, Wieselburg – Pöggstall, 199,6km
Course: undulating (two cat. 2 hills late in the stage, three 13-kilometer laps in the finale)
How it unfolded
Patryk Stosz was one of the first riders to go away and he found his way into the breakaway of the day. He was joined in his efforts by Sebastian Schönberger (Tirol Cycling), Helmut Trettwer (WSA Greenlife), Marcel Neuhauser (Felbermayer Simplon Wels) and Dennis Paulus (Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang), but the bunch didn’t make things easy for them. The chasers kept the escape on a “leash”, maintaining around 3:30 gap.
Stosz put up a fight, but his legs didn’t show the same strength as his mind. He was the first escapee to the get caught, while Neuhauser, Trettwer and Schönberger were reeled back in on first cat. 2 climb, located on the 13-kilometer circuit, with around 35km to go.
The hill was short, but extremely steep, with the gradient reaching 20%. It saw multiple attacks and the most powerful one was launched by Tom Jelte Slagter (Cannondale Drapac), Miguel Lopez Moreno (Astana), Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) and Martijn Tusveld (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij). They kept their small gap until the very end and Slagter won the 4-man sprint. Debesay finished 2nd and Lopez 3rd.
Three riders of CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished in a reduced peloton – highest placed in GC, Felix Grossschartner (21st at the line), as well as Leszek Pluciński and Michal Schlegel. Austrian climbed up in the overall standings another 4 spots, as he now sits in 6th place.