KAROL DOMAGALSKI CLAIMS VICTORY IN GP MARBRIERS | ONE Pro Cycling

Karol Domagalski took a superb victory when a powerful performance saw the Polish rider slip into the official break of the day after just 4km of racing.

The 56th Grand Prix des Marbriers was held over 16 laps on a very testing 10km circuit around the town of Bellignies in Northern France. The UCI 1.2 race was held on a circuit featuring several short climbs on narrow lanes that would see a fight for position right from the very first kilometre.

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After 4km a break of 13 riders broke clear including Karol Domagalski. Working well, the leaders quickly opened a gap of 1 minute over the peloton. Just 10km later another group of 14 riders formed as a chase group to hunt down the leaders. Kamil Gradek and Tom Baylis had both placed themselves into the chasing group.

Over the course of the next 80km the race situation didn’t change much with the leaders holding the chase group at 1 minute and the peloton sitting approximately 2 minutes back.

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It was only as the race entered the final 40km did the situation really begin to change. One rider attacked the leaders building up a lead of 30 seconds which he held over the course of the next 14km. The action unfolded behind as Karol Domagalski surged forward to join the lone leader along with 5 other riders to form a strong lead group of seven. The composition of the group looked to be a difficult one including 3 riders from Armee de Terre doing their best to shake a determined Domagalski.

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While the action and tactics continued in the lead group, the chasing group behind made progress, closing in on the seven leaders. Despite working well together and reeling back some time, the chasers never got within 50 seconds of the lead group featuring Domaglaksi.

With just 10km to go the seven leaders were setting themselves up for the finish. Several attacks were launched in the final few kilometres, temporarily splitting the group but with each rider in the group determined to claim victory, the group just kept reforming.

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Into the final kilometre and with 500 metres to go, the course took riders up a 12% drag to the line. Spotting his opportunity, Karol Domagalski launched an attack over the top of the climb, holding a slight advantage as he raced to the line, taking a superb victory with arms aloft.