Amaro Antunes won the final stage of Tour of Małopolska which featured Alps-like mountain top finish to Przehyba. He also took the overall and was joined on the podium by another CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider, Paweł Cieślik.
Info: June 10th, stage 3, Chochołowskie Termy–Przehyba, 157km
Course: mountainous, mountain top finish (11,8km, avg. 6,9%)
The queen stage of Tour of Małopolska got off to a fast start, with many riders trying to get in the day’s main break. Among them was Łukasz Owsian, but that move was not let go. Peloton gave a green light to a two-man escape, with Tomas Kalojiros (Sparta Praha) and Michal Kohout (Dukla Praha). They had opened 3-minute gap before getting caught just before penultimate KOM, with less than 70km to go.
It stayed all together until the foot of the final climb. CCC Sprandi Polkowice moved up front, to push the pace in the field early in the ascent. When the group was reduced to less than 20 men, Owsian decided to go, with Amaro Antunes on his wheel. That first attempt was neutralized, but the second was the successful one. Portuguese attacked alongside Paweł Cieślik and the orange duo was joined by Anatoliy Budyak and Jonas Wilsly. The latter was first one to get dropped and in the end it was Antunes who put the hummer down on the steep section, taking both the stage and overall victory.
In addition, Paweł Cieślik also climbed onto the podium, by finishing 2nd. Budyak was third.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice took home also the teams classification win.
That was a perfect climb for me, since it was long and steep. I also felt very well throughout the entire stage, so I was pretty confident coming into the final kilometers – Amaro Antunes explained. – The team worked great today, they put in me in good position to attack and I only had to finish it off. In the end I pulled away solo and covered last 3km alone. I’m very happy with that victory and it motivates me for the upcoming races and the rest of the season.