The day’s main breakaway was formed shortly after the flag dropped and initially consisted of three riders but, after the first intermediate sprint, which saw Adrian Kurek (Polish National Team) crashing, just two leaders were left in front. The duo opened up a lead of more than three minutes over the bunch where CCC Team was sitting, looking out for its sprinter, Mareczko.
With a small group riding up the road, it was very easy for the sprinters’ team to control the race and it was certain that the stage would come down to a bunch sprint. The duo was brought back while entering the finishing circuit in Kraków and afterward the peloton covered a four-kilometer lap three times before battling it out in a sprint.
CCC Team was working hard at the front of the bunch to position Mareczko for the sprint and after that effort, he was able to sprint to sixth place, behind stage winner, Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe).
Quotes from the Finish Line:
„The finishing circuits were quite hard but, Paweł Bernas and Kamil Gradek fought hard for me and they did a great job. Thanks to their effort I was able to start the sprint from a good position and finish in sixth place. As a sprinter, you are always hoping for a win on stages like this so there is some disappointment but, we will try again tomorrow.
In the end I tried to follow Ackermann’s and Gaviria’s wheel but, it wasn’t easy since everyone wanted that spot. I was happy with my legs today. My form was already good in Belgium and I was able to carry that into this race. I will try to take advantage of that in the upcoming days and go for a nice result.”
Tour de Pologne
Stage 1 Kraków > Kraków (132.3km)
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora – hansgrohe) 2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 3. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 6. Jakub Mareczko 54. Łukasz Owsian 63. Simon Gescke