GRADEK FORCED TO SETTLE FOR SECOND ON STAGE TWO | ONE Pro Cycling

Another superb performance from the team on Stage Two with three members of ONE Pro Cycling cruising into the Top 5 in the individual time trial. However it was disappointment for Kamil Gradek as he was knocked into second place in the closing stages.

Stage Two of the Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala Tour in Poland took riders to Rawa Mazowiecka where they would complete a 14.7km Individual time trial effort. Starting in one minute intervals, a digital clock counted down each rider before they rolled off the start ramp to start their individual time trial effort.

Leaving the ramp, the circuit immediately turned right up a 3km drag accompanied by a strong headwind, before a sharp left turn. Racing through the 10km to go mark, the wind was behind the riders as the swooped left and made their way back through a tight and twisty lanes before the final right hand turn and 3km race for the finishing line.

Heading off first for ONE Pro Cycling on his Boardman TTE 9.8 bike was Pete Williams who crossed the line in a time of 18 minutes and 20 seconds seeing him top the standings in the early running. Next up it was Steele Von Hoff who completed the course in a time of 19 minutes and 28 seconds before Hayden McCormick, James Oram, Tom Stewart and Tom Baylis were all set off within minutes of each other.

It was the youngest member of ONE Pro Cycling Tom Baylis who made his mark on the race, crossing the line in 1st place in a superb time of 17 minutes and 37 seconds with James Oram close behind in a time of 17 minutes and 53.

Finally it was time for both the Polish Powerhouses to hit the course, with Kamil Gradek leaving the starting ramp first. Looking strong throughout Gradek powered along the course leaving nothing in the tank at the finish line, setting a new fastest time of 17 minutes and 30 seconds taking the provisional first place with 14 riders remaining.

Karol Domagalski was the final rider to roll off the ramp for the team, putting in a strong performance and crossing the line in 17 minutes 42 which was enough to put him in 3rd provisional spot behind team mates Gradek and Baylis.

It looked as though the team had it wrapped up at the top of the leaderboard until Kamil Zielinski of Domin Sport Team crossed the line in 17 minutes and 24 seconds, forcing Kamil Gradek into 2nd place.

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Times

1st                   Kamil Zielinski               Domin Sport                     17.24

2nd                 Kamil Gradek                ONE Pro Cycling              17.30

3rd                  Tom Baylis                    ONE Pro Cycling              17.37

4th                   Maciej Paterski             CCC Sprandi                   17.37

5th                   Karol Domagalski         ONE Pro Cycling             17.42

 

7th                   James Oram                 ONE Pro Cycling             17.53

13th                Hayden McCormick      ONE Pro Cycling              18.07

23rd                Pete Williams               ONE Pro Cycling              18.20

29th               Tom Stewart                  ONE Pro Cycling              18.38

52nd              Steele Von Hoff             ONE Pro Cycling             19.28

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The result was good enough to see Karol Domagalski rise to 3rd on GC with Kamil Gradek also moving into the top 10 in 7th place. Tom Baylis sits in 2nd position on the young rider classification while the team are currently positioned 2nd in the overall team classification.

Stage Three will take place tomorrow, (Saturday 3rd June) ushering riders 167.3km between the town’s of Poswietne and Opoczno. Along the way, riders will tackle three official KOM’s and four intermediate sprints, with the total elevation accumulating 1,030m.