On stage 2 of Tour of Małopolska the breakaway held off the chasers and Vitaliy Buts took the win. Amaro Antunes and Paweł Cieślik finished in the top 10.
Info: June 9th, stage 3, Szaflary – Nowy Targ, 133km
Course: hilly (four tough laps)
With only 100km on the menu on the second day of racing, the race was on right from the start. Attacks were flying all over the place and among the active riders was Kamil Małecki. The breakaway up front was changing constantly and the peloton was reduced to just 45 riders with 30km into the stage. At that point Marek Rutkiewicz was soloing in the lead, but got caught midway through the race.
Another move included three riders – Adrian Honkisz, Vitaliy Buts and Jonas Jorgensen. They gained over 2 minutes on the bunch, but on the final climb of Pitoniówka Honkisz attacked solo, cresting the top alone with 30s lead. On that ascent Amaro Antunes also launched his move from the field, but his attempt was brought back in.
Honkisz’s attack didn’t stick either, as he was caught by two other escapees with 5km to go. They had nearly 2 minutes on the bunch then, so it was certain that the trio holds on. In the 3-man sprint Buts took the win ahead of Jorgensen and Honkisz.
Main group, that in the finale got reduced to just 14 riders, included Amaro Antunes and Paweł Cieślik. They came in 49 seconds behind the winner and CCC Sprandi Polkowice duo finished in 9th and 10th place respectively.