STEWART WRAPS UP POLISH TOUR WITH STAGE VICTORY | ONE Pro Cycling

The fourth and final stage of the Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala Tour in Poland made its way from Radoszyce to Konskie. Ushering riders 188.3 km, taking in 4 KOM’s and 3 official Sprint Points along the way.

Chaos in the early stages of the race as teams battled to win bonus time points in the first sprint of the day which arrived only 6 km into the race. On the narrow, technical circuit, a crash took down Hayden McCormick along with 4 riders from CCC Sprandi including the yellow jersey. Battered and bruised McCormick found his bike, remounted and worked hard to find his way back into the bunch which wasn’t showing any sympathy to those who hit the tarmac, with some teams taking full advantage of the fact the Yellow jersey team were weakened from the crash.

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Pete Williams, Kamil Gradek and Tom Baylis were all involved in early break away attempts, each unsuccessful as they were brought back by an anxious peloton. Eventually, it was Tom Stewart who found himself in the official break of the day with 5 other riders. Digging deep to cover the move and make sure ONE Pro Cycling were represented, Stewart had no time to rest as the break were keen to put more space between themselves and the fast paced peloton which took a while to decide they would sit up and let the break go.

Working well, the 6 man break built an impressive advantage of 6 minutes and 10 seconds over the peloton. With 80 km to go, CCC Sprandi managed to regain their position and took control at the front of the peloton, increasing the pace with the aim of closing the gap to the break. Approaching the local laps on the technical finishing circuit, the peloton had reduced the gap to the break including Tom Stewart to just 2 minutes.

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2 laps to go, ONE Pro Cycling moved up, taking over from CCC to control the bunch, ensuring Stewart maintained an advantage large enough to contend for a stage victory whilst keeping it tight enough to protect Domagalski’s 3rd place on GC.

On the last lap, Tom Stewart hit the break by surprise, exiting the final corner in first position and starting his sprint early. Powering to the line there was nothing stopping Stewart as he raised his hands in celebration. Meanwhile, the peloton, a slender 50 seconds behind the 6 breakaway riders surged to the line with Karol Domagalski and Hayden McCormick claiming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the bunch kick.

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Another great performance with Tom Stewart taking Victory on the stage whilst a another strong performance from Domagalski secured 3rd place overall on GC with Kamil Gradek not far behind in 7th.

A great team effort across all 4 stages of the tour was enough to pick up the overall win in the Team Classification. Speaking following the event Head Sports Director Matt Winston commented “After a long block of racing over the last few weeks I was delighted we finished it off with a win. The boys have ridden brilliantly all week and throughly deserve the victory. I hope the lads will gain confidence from this and take that forward into our next block of racing”

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