A flat start to the Tour of Poland as the riders lined up under the gantry in the town of Radzymin just north of Warsaw, before making the 35km journey south and joining the finishing circuit. From there the riders took on seven 13.8km local laps around the Nations capital, crossing the finish line after a fast and furious 135km’s.
After only 8km, the official break of the day left the front of the peloton. 6 riders including Pete Williams gained a max advantage of 3 minutes 40 seconds after 24kms of racing. Once the race hit the finishing circuit the peloton quickly saw how technical the local laps were and with the rain starting to pour, decided to bring the break back within a reachable distance and holding the leaders at 2 minutes for the next 16km’s.
As the riders approached the first King of the Mountain classification of the day, the break was only 60 seconds. Pete Williams was on the hunt for the KOM, but launching his move early he was narrowly beaten for the single point at the top of the climb.
The break continued to work well together for the next two laps, before being brought back by the peloton with 2 laps to go. At this point, a rider from BMC launched a solo attack holding the peloton at bay for a further 5km’s but only ever gaining a max advantage of 35 seconds.
One lap to go and the peloton came together once more and a bunch sprint looked likely. ONE Pro Cycling began to get themselves into position to deliver sprinter Chris Opie, both Karol Domagalski and Matt Goss working at the head of the race.
The race took a sudden turn as key player Viviani suffered a late puncture which saw Team Sky change tactic and launch a late attack taking Martinelli of Etixx Quickstep with them. As the Sky Rider Kwiatowski tied up on the approach to the line, Martinelli of Etixx surged clear to take the Stage victory with the bunch hot on hid heels with his team mate Gaviria taking 2nd place.
After a solid day in the break for Pete Williams, the team working for designated sprinter Chris Opie, became disconnected with Opie then caught out of position and not able in contention for the sprint.
Tomorrow’s stage (Stage 2) is 153km in length. Starting in the town of Tarnoskie Gory riders will reach the finishing circuit after 78km’s where once again they will arrive on a finishing circuit to 5 x 14.7km local laps around the City Katowice. With the nature of the course profile and the length of the stage, another bunch sprint looks likely.