Tour of Malopolska: Banaszek 5th in bunch sprint

After winning the prologue, criterium in Cracow, Alan Banaszek sprinted to 5th place on stage 1 of Tour of Małopolska.

Info: Stage 1, June 9th, Alwernia – Trzebinia, 120km

Course: flat

How it unfolded

Initially the stage was supposed to be held on undulating lap. Organizers were forced to do some modifications to the course though and instead of three longer and tougher circuits, there were four more flat and shorter laps.

Soon after the start, first and only GPM of the day was located. Kamil Zieliński (Domin) took the most points and later new attacks were being launched. Among the attackers were Adam Stachowiak (Voster), Emanuel Piaskowy (Hurom), Adrian Honkisz (Wibatech 7r Fuji) and Eduard Vorganov (Minsk), but they were not given too much ground. Wojciech Pszczolarski (SKC Tufo Prostējov) and Yauhen Sobal (Mińsk) had more luck, gaining over 7 minutes on the peloton, with 80km to go.

With 35km remaining Sobal left his fellow escapee behind and nearly outpaced the bunch. When he passed the 10km sign he still had over 1 minute in hand, but the power of the bunch was simply too much for the Belorussian, who got caught with 4km to go. It came down to a bunch sprint, which was won by Kamil Zieliński (Domin), new overall leader. He bested Gasper Katrasnik (Adria Mobil) and Paweł Franczak (Hurom).

Alan Banaszek was the fastest “rider in orange” taking 5th place at the line.