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"I was strong enough to be in every important move, but I was not able sprint against strong riders like Tomasz Marczyński, Michał Gołaś and Paweł Bernas, who made the podium."

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29.06.2015 @ 15:37 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Marek Rutkiewicz missed out on the podium and finished 4th in the Polish championships road race. He spent most of the day in the break and arrived at the finish in a 5-rider group. 


"After two very hard stage races – Giro d’Italia and Tour de Suisse – I didn’t have power in my legs to fight for the podium," Marek Rutkiewicz said afterwards. "I was strong enough to be in every important move, but I was not able sprint against strong riders like Tomasz Marczyński, Michał Gołaś and Paweł Bernas, who made the podium. I didn’t have freshness and I want to spend the next few weeks to regain it and be ready for Tour de Pologne. That’s my goal for the second part of the season."


The race kicked off with numerous breakaway attempts. Those attacks led to 13-rider escape, with Adrian Honkisz, Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC), Michał Gołaś (Etixx-QuickStep), Przemysław Niemiec (Lampre-Merida), Tomasz Marczyński (Torku) and Paweł Bernas (ActiveJet) being among the escapees. Later Tomasz Kiendyś counterattacked  from the bunch with Mateusz Nowaczek and joined the leaders.


The break of the day consisted of 15 riders who established a 6-minute lead. The peloton was not willing to let the attackers go all the way. 13 riders began the chase – Leszek Pluciński and Łukasz Owsian were in that chasing group, alongside riders like Rafał Majka, Kamil Gradek, Paweł Franczak and Bartosz Huzarski were among others. They were steadily bringing the gap down and with 4 laps to go it was around 2 minutes.


The leading group broke apart when some riders decided to pull away. The 15-rider group was whittled down to 10 but CCC still had the numerical advantage with Rutkiewicz, Kiendyś and Honkisz. On the penultimate circuit Łukasz Owsian, Majka, Huzarski, Franczak and Gradek bridged across, creating again a 15-rider breakaway.


In the last 18-kilometer lap, Marek Rutkiewicz launched an attack with Michał Gołaś, Tomasz Marczyński, Bartosz Huzarski and Paweł Bernas. They built up 40-second lead and made it to the finish. In the hard, uphill sprint Tomasz Marczyński was the strongest. He outsprinted Michał Gołaś and Paweł Bernas.


Marczynski won't get many chances to show his new jersey at the highest level as his Torku team rarely races in the big events. However, he may get selected for the Polish national team for the Tour de Pologne where he will get a chance to show himself on the biggest scene.



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