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"In the finale Maciej Paterski gave me a great lead-out. I started off my sprint slightly too early and I was passed by two very good riders. The victory was very close, but I am satisfied with the result."

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19.02.2015 @ 20:21 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

It was an „orange day” in Andalucia. Grega Bole claimed the second podium spot in this race and Adrian Honkisz made the breakaway of the day and spent nearly 160 km in the front.  


"The last climb which ended with 9km to go favored us," Grega Bole said afterwards. "A few sprinters got dropped and thanks to that we could sprint from a smaller group. In the finale Maciej Paterski gave me a great lead-out. I started off my sprint slightly too early and I was passed by two very good riders. The victory was very close, but I am satisfied with the result."

 

As impressive as Bole's sprint was Adrian Honkisz's performance as he was a part of the main breakaway.


"We agreed before the stage that Branislau Samoilau and I would try to get into the breakaway," Honkisz said. "We were attacking alternately and eventually I managed to make the escape. For a long tome we had to deal with the headwind, which made creating a gap a little harder. The first part of the route was flat and the second was more hilly, where I felt more comfortable. We cooperated well but the peloton held us at around four minutes. I was hoping that we would reach the bottom of the last climb, before the bunch, but they caught us sooner."

 

"I got some bruises on my knee and hip after yesterday’s crash but it was not that painful to stop me from racing and fighting."

 

Adrian Honkisz attacked right after the kilometer zero. He was involved in a 5-man breakaway with Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling), Sjoerd Van Ginneken (Team Roompot), Nicholas Dougall (MTN-Qhubeka) and Aleksandr Komin (Rusvelo). They quickly gained a 4-minute advantage.


When Honkisz’s group was stretching out the lead, Stefan Schumacher was forced to abandon the race. The German was part of a big crash on stage 1a, injured himself badly and fractured his wrist. Although he participated in the Thursday afternoon time trial, the pain on the next day was too big to continue racing in Andalusia.


Honkisz and the other escapees worked well together, but the bunch was not eager to let them go too far. The gap went down to under a minute with 40 km to go and Komin got dropped from the group. The breakaway was over at 20km mark and the race started all over.


Despite having only 5 riders left in the race and one who spent most of the day in the breakaway, the “orange squad” was very often seen at the head of the peloton in the finale. Maciej Paterski tried a late move but the chasers responded quickly. When the riders crossed under the flamme rouge CCC Sprandi Polkowice moved up to the front again, setting up Grega Bole. The Slovenian was the first one to start off the sprint. He was bested only by  the winner Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin).

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