Tour of Małopolska: Taciak holds on to 3rd overall after stage 2

Mateusz Taciak kept his 3rd place overall after stage 2 of Tour of Małopolska, which was taken by Mateusz Komar (Domin Sport).

On the second day, the stage event entered the Podhale highlands, thus it was expected that the course would be as hard as yesterday. There were 144 kilometers (from Niepołomice to Nowy Targ) and 5 categorized climbs to cover.

The breakaway was formed early on and included 6 riders. Mateusz Komar (Domin Sport), Adrian Brzózka (JBG2), Mateusz Nowaczek (Krismar Big Silvat), Aleksander Leduchowski (Hurom De Rosa Rybnik), Siarhei Papok (Mińsk Cycling Team) and Emil Baekhoj Halvorsen (Rival Platform Cycling) were involved in that move. Since all of them were ranked far back in the general classification, the peloton let them gain relatively large advantage of almost 3 minutes, with 45 kilometers into the stage.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were riding comfortable in the bunch, letting the leader’s team – Wibatech Fuji – pace the field.

After around 60 kilometers the escape began to split and only Komar and Brzózka were able to stay in the front.

There were some counterattacks coming from the peloton, but eventually nobody was able to bridge across. Among those who tried were Leszek Pluciński and Adrian Honkisz. With 50km to go the gap was down to only 50 seconds and this was also when the pace in the field loosened up. The escapees took advantage of that and increased their lead to 3 minutes with just 20km remaining.

The rainy weather favored the break and those 3 minutes were enough to hold off the pack. Komar attacked in the finale leaving Brzózka behind and took the stage win. Dariusz Batek kept the leader jersey and Mateusz Taciak also managed to hold on to his 3rd place overall. All of the CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders arrived in the shattered, around 50-man bunch, 1:20 behind the winning escapee.