Bartłomiej Matysiak finished 5th in the first out of three Croatian races which CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders are taking part in– Umag Trophy (1.2). Due to nervous finale the bunch split and many riders were involved in crashes.
The race was held on the 21-kilometer circuit, which was tackled 7 times. The plan was to be aggressive and get into breakaways. And our riders did, they tried to get away but the peloton was not letting anyone go easily. The pace was very high and the group was all together most of the race. Around halfway point three riders managed to build a gap, but they were reeled in on a penultimate lap – Tomasz Brożyna, sport director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice said.
The last lap was very nervous and dangerous. Over 30 teams were competing so there was around 200 riders at the start line. There was not too much space on the road, everyone wanted to stay in the front and it caused crashes. Piotr Brożyna and Jakub Kaczmarek were involved in one of them but they didn’t suffer any injuries. Because of that chaos a thinned peloton arrived to the finish. Bartlomiej Matysiak, Eryk Latoń and Michał Paluta were all present in the first group. Latoń and Paluta helped their more experienced teammate to position him for the sprint and Matysiak was able to take 5th place – Tomasz Brożyna added.
Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) outsprinted Maksym Averin (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) and Sergey Nikolaev (Itera – Katusha) and claimed the win.
The next Croatian race is Porec Trophy (7.03) which is also held on the circuit.
Results of Umag Trophy, 160km
1. Marko Kump (Adria Mobil)
2. Maksym Averin (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
3. Sergey Nikolaev (Itera – Katusha)
5. Bartłomiej Matysiak (Poland)
33. Michał Paluta (Poland) 0:26
50. Eryk Latoń (Poland)
142. Patryk Stosz (Poland) 3:33
167. Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland) 11:45
168. Piotr Brożyna (Poland)