On the final lap of the opening Prologue, Karol Domagalski and Steele Von Hoff sprint home in first and second, securing both the Polka Dot and Sprint jersey going into Stage One of the Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala tour in Poland.
A swift turnaround following the Tour Series saw the staff at ONE Pro Cycling make the sixteen-hour journey from the UK to Poland, starting with a 5.30am departure on the Eurotunnel into Calais, France. Crossing the border into Poland, the team, both staff and riders, assembled in the beautiful City of Kielce to kick start five days of racing at the Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala.
The opening Prologue was held in the city centre around a technical 1.9km circuit which riders would complete a total of 20 times. The overall General Classification wasn’t affected by the outcome of the race but it did decide which riders would wear the coveted leaders jerseys going into Stage One the following day.
In an unusual format, the race was run as a ‘points race’, with sprints every lap providing riders with the opportunity to bag for 2 & 1 points with additional points 5,3,2 & 1, being awarded every 5 laps.
The team lined up towards the back of the field and over the opening laps settled into their stride around the technical course which featured a cobbled climb, a quick descent and a cobbled drag towards the finish. During the opening stages it was Tom Stewart making the moves for ONE Pro Cycling, fresh from Durham round of the Tour Series.
As many riders tried to break free on the hunt for points, Kamil Gradek was the next to join the action at the front of the bunch, picking up several points up along the way. Before the race, the team set a pre-race goal to be the first rider over the line on the final lap and every member of the team engaged in the lead out process as they approached the finishing straight.
It was Polish Powerhouse Karol Domagalski who hit the front with Kiwi Hayden McCormick delivering Australian Sprinter Steele Von Hoff onto his wheel. As Domagalski kicked out of the final bend no one was able to come round him and he crossed the line comfortably in first place, closely followed by Von Hoff in 2nd and McCormick in 5th.
Due to the finishing order across the line, Karol Domagalski collected the King of the Mountains (Polka Dot) jersey whilst Steele Von Hoff took the (Green) sprints jersey.
Renowned as the Queen Stage, Stage One will travel 187km from Skarzusko to Swiety Krzyz tackling 6 mountain climbs along the way and finishing on a mountain top which will be sure to provide plenty of cycling entertainment for the fans and spectators lining the route!