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Volta Limburg Classic: Paterski takes 2nd, Rutkiewicz in the break

Maciej Paterski has proved one more time that he is in a shape of his lifetime, by claiming 2nd place in the Dutch one-day event, Volta Limburg Classic. The entire “orange squad” put in great performance – was riding aggressively and setting the pace in the bunch.

The entire team was amazing today. We had very strong roster and we controlled the race basically from the very beginning. We showed up with one though in our minds – to win. That was the goal. We can be satisfied with the 2nd place tough. There were lots of attacks and we were involved in all of them – Maciej Paterski said afterwards.

I didn’t feel very well in the first part of racing, but I got into the right rhythm and after a while good sensations came back. It was a very lively finale, with one move after another. I started the last sprint from behind of the group but I was steadily passing the rivals. I finished only behind Stefan Kung, who attacked earlier and crossed the line by himself. The last 200 meters were paved with cobbles but it didn’t bother me.

Over 30 short, but steep hills were ahead of the riders. It was a perfect course for a Amstel Gold Race build-up event. First 1,5h of racing was every fast. One breakaway attempt was followed by another. After series of attacks 7-man group emerged in the front, with Marek Rutkiewicz. He was riding alongside Manuel Senni (BMC Racing), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo), Sam Oomen (Rabobank Development Team), Reinier Honig (Team Roompot Oranje Peloton), Ike Groen (Cyclingteam Join’s – De Rijke) and Michael Vingerling (3M).

They were chased down by another group that consisted also of 7 riders. At one point Rutkiewicz got a flat tire, was dropped and reeled in by the chasers. Eventually both groups merged together and Rutkiewicz maintained his place in the lead. He survived few shake-ups in the front until 40 km to go. This is when he lost contact with other escapees and returned to the bunch, which was led by his teammates. Despite long ride in the break he still managed to contribute to the chase.

23km from the line CCC Sprandi Polkowice began to rip the peloton apart. First Davide Rebellin and Maciej Paterski pushed the pace and tried to break clear. They were caught and Paterski tried one more time. This move was also neutralized. Grega Bole tried to pull away as well but others didn’t want to let him go either.

Eventually Paterski broke away with few other riders and were attempting to close the gap on the solo leader, Stefen Kung (BMC Racing). He was the last escapee who held on to his position in the front. The German rider took the win and the Paterski’s group arrived 26 seconds behind him. CCC Sprandi Polkowice representative launched his sprint late but it turned out to be a perfect moment. The final 200 meters were going slightly uphill, on the cobbles, and Paterski was strong enough to overtake all of his opponents, claiming 2nd place.

Grega Bole finished in 12th and Davide Rebellin was 25th. Only 49 riders completed the race.

Results of Volta Limburg Classic, Eijsden – Eijsden, 198km

1. Stefan Kung (BMC Racing)

2. Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

3. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing)

12. Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 1:02

25. Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 1:54

DNF Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

DNF Mateusz Taciak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

DNF Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

DNF Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

DNF Jarosław Marycz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)