Wyścig Hubala: Taciak wins the overall

Mateusz Taciak made up 3 seconds on GC leader, on the last stage of Wyścig Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala, to take the overall win.

Info: Stage 4, June 3rd, Radoszyce – Końskie, 176,4km

Course: undulating

Mateusz Taciak kicked off the last stage with the same overall time as the GC leader, Filip Maciejuk. Since the final standings were going to be decided by seconds, it was important to battle at every intermediate sprints and, if needed, at the finish line, to get some time bonus. Mateusz Taciak and the entire squad fulfilled the task on first take, at first sprint, as he took the win, slipping into the virtual race leader position.

First step of the plan was taken, but the team had to finish things off and keep the race under control all the way. When 3-man breakaway with Patrick Hallerm who was only 1:19 back in GC, was formed, CCC Sprandi Polkowice moved to the helm of the bunch and maintained the gap at around 1:30. Later also Voster joined the party and the break got caught with 55km remaining.

With 19km to go very unfortunate crash happened involving Piotr Brożyna. 7th rider in GC hit a parked car and was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.

In cycling, after such moments the race goes on and it came down to a bunch sprint. It was taken by Filippo Fortin, while Szymon Sajnok sprinted to 3rd place. Mateusz Taciak and Kamil Gradek both arrived in the peloton, securing 1st and 3rd place overall. In addition Szymon Sajnok won the points classification and the team took home victory in teams classification.

The entire squad put in so much heart into that victory. All seven of us got to the front of the bunch before first intermediate sprint and they led me out like it was a finish line. After such a great team effort it was almost impossible to mess it up – Mateusz Taciak explained. – That win would be even sweeter if it wasn’t for that Piotr’s crash. We hope everything is fine with him and we wish him quick recovery. That’s on our mind right now.  

Update on Piotr Brożyna: 

He was transported to a local hospital. He is conscious, has feeling in his legs, but is also seriously injured: two broken vertebrae, broken nose and multiple wounds. Keep your fingers crossed for his recovery.