Tour of Austria: Stosz in the top 15 in stage 2

Patrk Stosz claimed his second consecutive top 15 place in Tour of Austria. He finished 14th in stage 2, as Clement Venturini (Cofidis) grabbed the win.

4 riders manager to slip into breakaway on the 205-kilometer stage. Jacek Morajko (Wibatech-Fuji), Artur Ershov (RusVelo), Helmut Trettwer (WSA Greenlife), William Clarke (Drapac) established a 4-minute lead, but it wasn’t enough to outpace the bunch. They got caught with 25km to go.

The stage suited the sprinters, but there were some hills in the finale, which split the pack. Highest ranked CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider, Adrian Honkisz fell behind, but Jan Hirt, who finished 3rd overall last year, managed to stay with the strongest. Also Patryk Stosz was up there and was among those who tried to deliver top place for his team at the line. He came in 14th.

The winner was selected from around 50-man group. Clement Venturini (Cofidis) powered to victory, beating Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) and Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Roompot – Oranje Peloton). Pasqualon took over the GC lead, while Leszek Pluciński moved up to 14th in the general standings (18 seconds behind).