The main attraction of every UCI World Road Championship is the Elite road race. This year’s edition was won by Portugal’s Rui Costa, who became the first ever cycling world champion from his country.
However, for the most of the seven and a half hour-long race it was Pole Bartłosz Huzarski who was the talk of the town. Mr Huzarski led the pack for most of the race, namely for some 240 kilometers, before being overtaken just two laps before the finish line. In the end, the 33-year-old Pole finished 52nd but left a good impression on pundits and fans.
Maciej Paterski finished the race 19th and Michał Gołaś was 33rd. Still one Pole left the championship, held in Florence, with a medal. Michał Kwiatkowski won the Elite team time trial with his professional cycling group Omega Pharma-Quickstep.
The whole 2013 season was relatively successful for Polish cyclists. Mr Kwiatkowski finished 11th in this year’s Tour de France and registered good results in a few other races. Przemysław Niemiec and Rafał Majka finished this year’s Giro di Italia sixth and seventh respectively, which is the best result ever for Polish cyclists.
The aforementioned cyclists along with Sylwester Szmyd, Michał Gołaś and Maciej Bodnar all cycle in top professional teams. Most of them are currently placed in the position of assistant, which means their role is to help their team leaders achieve the best result possible.
Mr Majka however is seen as a potential group leader who has the ability to contest for the top spot in one of the most prestigious races such as the Tour de France, the Giro di Italia or Vuelta a Espana.
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