The Polish rider of Sprandi CCC Polkowice won the first stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and cleaned up Mountain (GPM) prizes. The Peloton was left empty-handed, 2 ’40 ” away.
Who could have guess about this performance just one day before? We have seen him in shape last friday in Novara (Italy), when we delivered his team’s brand new wheels. He was smiling and joking with teammates. After a good 22° place at Milano-Sanremo (indeed, after have been raced 293 kms just the day before), Maciej blows away the dust from the old big black-and-white book about cycling and it repeats the “beautiful and damned” Breakaway Trick. A mythological figure of speech in the middle between a romantic happy ending and a very current “spoiler”.
Yes, because the Breakaway Trick leaves you that particular state of mind where you’re a little ‘happy to see the astonished faces of the dozy captains, those who think “I’ll catch up them when I want”, but you’re also quite pissed because those three guys head of the race have ruined the movie’s ending, “and what I’m going to do now to the cinema?” We can remember different of those actions, such as Chiappucci’s one in 1990’s Tour de France. He did not win in the end, but he provided a cold sweat to all. The Breakaway Trick, that quite ‘”Italian” prank that disrupts the ranking, this time was a Polish idea.
Paterski was the author of an epic action, over 100 km breakaway that culminated in the final sprint. Behind the tear-clapping trio less emotions, but a group that gets caught, coming to scrape together more than 13″ delay then reduced (to put it mildly) to 2’ 40″ definitive. Victory of the ravenous Polish that “eats” even all Mountain prizes and “bye bye” suspense for the next stages. Now the advantage of Paterski, De Clercq but especially Rolland in the overall classification could become difficult to recover for others.
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