From the Yorkshire Dales to the South West of Poland, ONE Pro Cycling kicked off the CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie with an opening criterium around the host City of Legnica this evening.
Riders tackled no fewer than twenty laps of a 1.6km circuit during the event covering a total of 32km. The course swept through wide roads with the only pinch point arriving at the start of each lap as riders negotiated a 200m section of cobble stones.
With the event only due to take around 45 minutes and in a unique points race style format it was certainly going to be a fast and furious battle around the streets of Legnica. Points were awarded on each lap to the first two riders over the line (2 and 1 points). Further points were awarded every five laps with the first four individuals collecting 5,3,2 and 1 points.
As the flag dropped, several teams that had queued up early hit the front to line the race out and collect the first points of the evening. ONE Pro Cycling found themselves in the middle of the peloton, battling to move up in between corners. It was Polish rider Karol Domagalski who was the first rider for ONE Pro Cycling to fight his way to the front in the early stages, rolling with the moves. Not wanting to be left out, Polish team mate Kamil Gradek fought his way through to the front to collect some points for the team during the short race.
Tom Baylis, Sam Williams and Pete Williams all battled at the front to try and get in the elusive breakaway that would bring points with it but the pace was too high and the peloton stayed together throughout. Several riders lost contact with the bunch and didn’t finish the race, however due to it being apart of the CCC Tour but not classified as part of the UCI race section they will be able to start tomorrow and everyone will start on the same time.
It was the youngest member of ONE Pro Cycling, Tom Baylis, who was up in the front part of the race on the final laps, however CCC Sprandi got themselves organised for the race finale with Alan Banaszek taking the victory and keeping the Polish fans happy.
Tomorrow sees the start of Stage One which will see riders racing 166km from Zlotoryja to Jawor taking in four mountain classifications with the summit of the last climb coming with just 15km remaining… just to shake things up!