cycling news / Filip Maciejuk wins Carpathian Couriers Race
BEING THE YOUNGEST RIDER IN THE LEOPARD PRO CYCLING TEAM, FILIP MACIEJUK KEEPS SURPRISING. THE LAST DAYS, THE 18-YEAR-OLD POLE HAS BEEN ACTIVE WITH THE POLISH NATIONAL TEAM AT THE CARPATHIAN COURIERS RACE. TODAY, THE YOUNG PROSPECT ENDED THE SIX-DAY STAGE RACE IN FIRST POSITION.
Maciejuk takes the overall win by eight seconds
Last Saturday, the 35th Carpathian Couriers Race started with rather flat stages in the weekend. It was already in stage 2b – the afternoon stage on Sunday – when Filip was able to show his presence to the home crowd. In the 106 kilometers long stage from Jablonka to Oswiecim, the Leopard Pro Cycling rider was able to mix himself in with a leading group of twelve that almost took two minutes bonus to the peloton. Filip immediately moved up to sixth overall and with ‘his’ stages coming up, a good final result already layd within the possibilities. On Monday, the race left Poland and went to Slovakia for a 2,5 kilometers long uphill time trial. By finishing this race against the clock in a solid sixth spot, ten seconds down to the winner of the stage, Filip gained another position in the GC and took the leaders jersey of the young riders classification. With three difficult, hilly stages in Slovakia and Poland left to ride anything was still possible
During stage four and five, Filip was able to move up in the overall ranking each day as other contenders were not able to follow the strongest group of the day. This meant that all of a sudden, Filip found himself back on the podium with only one stage to go in his home country. This last stage went from Tuchów to Tarnów over a distance of 180 kilometers. The mountainous stage asked for a epic battle for the overall victory. In an action packed stage a strong group of counter attackers, with amongst them Filip, quickly bridged the gap to the leaders in the stage. By doing so, Leopard Pro Cycling’s youngster put all the pressure on the shoulders of his competitors who were chasing at about one minute, making Filip the virtual leader of the race. The leading group of eight were able to maintain the gap to the others and by crossing the line in fourth position on the day, Filip knew that he would take the overall win back home, a well-deserved victory for both Filip and Leopard Pro Cycling.
Filip Maciejuk: “The Carpathian Couriers Race was very hard with six tough stages with mountains. I went to this race with maybe a win in mind, but you never know what happens. The Polish National Team proved to be very good, they were able to help me the whole race long. It all came down to the final stage which was the queens stage with seven mountain sprints and the whole day on roads that went up and down without any flat sections. I was in a very good shape and I believed that I could take the overall win. In the end I am very happy to see that I managed to do so.”
Markus Zingen, Team Manager: “We are really happy for Filip. We have been paying close attention to his already good results on the previous days. That he takes the overall victory is more than we expected. Of course we saw already that Filip has an huge potential, but we are happy to see that his development goes this fast as he only just joined the U23 ranks from the juniors. Because of his exams at school and the busy race program of the past weeks, there will now be a well-deserved break for him. We are looking forward to the next challenges with him and the whole team. It shows once again that we are on the right track and that everybody can look optimistic to the upcoming important weeks of racing.”