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Gradek and Černý Crowned Polish and Czech National Time Trial Champions

Gradek, who took the silver medal at the Polish Time Trial Championships in 2019, went one better this year, powering around the 44-kilometer course to step onto the top of the podium ahead of the defending champion Maciej Bodnar (BORA – hansgrohe).

Łukasz Wiśniowski rounded out the podium positions in Poland, securing third place around one minute behind his CCC Team teammate.

Meanwhile, Černý reclaimed the jersey he won in 2018 after showing his time trialing prowess out on the 40-kilometer course at the Czech Championships to secure the 2020 title, ten seconds ahead of last year’s winner Jan Bárta (Elkov – Kasper).

Quotes From the Top of the Podium:

Kamil Gradek:
“Winning this race and taking the jersey was a big personal goal of mine for this year and I am so happy to have been able to reach it. I knew it would be a nice opportunity for me to try to go for the title and I felt good so I am really pleased with the result and also to finish ahead of Bodnar, who is always a favorite, for the first time. It was a new course and it was definitely a fast one which allowed me to show my power and my average speed was 52km/hr.”
“I felt good coming into the race and I felt like I could win today. It’s always easy to say that, but over the last month, I have really been preparing for this race. I had some good training kilometers and some good racing from Burgos and Tour de Pologne in my legs so I was positive and I am thankful that I was able to finish it off. I want to thank the team for helping me to prepare for this race and to get the win for the team is a nice feeling too.”
Josef Černy:
“I am really happy to be the Czech time trial champion again. After Tour de Wallonie, it was a long trip to get here and I was only about to arrive just not too long before the start. It was a different course so I just did a quick recon lap and then warmed up on the rollers and then it was time to race. Without the team and having someone in your radio, it can be difficult to know how you are really going and at first, I felt quite stiff after racing really hard in Wallonie. But then on the second lap, I started to get into more of a rhythm and increased my speed. We didn’t have any time checks and it was only a difference of ten seconds in the end between first and second but it was a really fast race and my average pace was 51km/hr. It will be nice to wear the skinsuit again so I’m looking forward to doing my next time trial in the Czech colors. Now, I’ll have the road race on Saturday. I think it’s going to be a tough race so we’ll see what I can do there.”

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