Grzegorz Stępniak finished 3rd on Stage 3 of Wyścig dookoła Mazowsza and strengthened his lead in the general classification.
This time the race was much calmer then in previous days. The day’s main breakaway went clear early on, few kilometers into the stage. It included Yannick Janssen (Team Bliz-Merida), Adriaan Jansen (Jo Piels) and Tobias Morch Kongstad (Rival Platform).
The “orange squad”, with its overall leader, was making sure that the gap never gets too large and it held the escape on a 2-minute leash.
After yesterday’s stage, when Stępniak was fighting at intermediate sprint and was collecting bonus seconds, this time he focused on the finish line. His teammates worked hard to bring the leading group back and they caught the escapees with around 7 kilometers to go. Afterwards the game of the sprinters, on a twisty circuit in Kozienice, began.
The final sprint was very close, but it was Willi Willwohl (LKT Brandenburg) who got the win. By a hair, he bested Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Seven Rivers) and Grzegorz Stępniak. Kersten Thiele and Twan Brusselman, who are the biggest threat for the Polish sprinter in terms of general classification, finished right behind the CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider, in 4th and 5th respectively. Because of that Stępniak increased his overall lead to 4 seconds over Thiele and 8 seconds over Brusselman. Stępniak is also the wearer of most active rider classification.
Tomorrow is the last stage of the race. It’s 160-kilometers long and runs around Kozienice.