Tour of Małopolska: Kiendyś 8th in the opener

Tomasz Kiendyś took 8th place after the bunch sprint, on Stage 1 of Tour of Małopolska. Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) claimed the victory and is the new leader of the race. 

The stage was held under very hot conditions. The temperature in Alwernia, were the start was located, reached 37 degrees. The riders had expected a very hard day in the saddle. After few breakaway attempts, with 20 kilometers into the stage, a three-man group was established in the front – Artem Topchanyuk (Tusnad), Wojciech Skarżyński (Wibatech Fuji Żory) and Patryk Złotowicz (TKK Pacific Toruń). They were steadily building their advantage, while they were chased by Guy Gabay (Cycling Academy) and Piotr Skarżyński (Whistle Eskom Ziemia Brzeska). The duo managed to catch the leading riders and formed a five-man escape of the day.

At first the peloton was not very eager to start the chase and the gap increased to 5:25, with 47 kilometers to go. Eventually the teams in the bunch pushed the pace and began to reduce the differential. Most of the escapees were caught 20 kilometers from the line and 15 kilometers later, alone attacker, Topchanyuk, was also pulled back in.

Throughout the stage, the riders had to stop few times due to closed railroad tracks and the last time happened within the final 15 kilometers.

The race opener was decided in a bunch sprint, which was won by Marko Kump (Adria Mobil). He edged out Vitaliy Buts (Kolss-BDC) and Sylwester Janiszewski (Wibatech Fuji Żory).  Tomasz Kiendyś was the team’s top finisher and claimed 8th place. Another two CCC Sprandi Polkowice finished in the Top 15 – Adrian Kurek was 13th and Patryk Stosz 14th. All of the “riders in orange” arrived at the finish in the 64-man peloton, earning the lead in the teams’ classification.