Hayden McCormick and James Oram were on fine form in Poland as they both produced top ten results throughout the three-day Tour of Malopolska to end the race 10th and 7th overall respectively. The race was particularly strong for ONE Pro Cycling who posted three riders in the top ten and took second in the team classification.
Tour of Malopolska takes in three days of racing and this year stated in Trzebinia, north west of Krakow and took the field 133km to Alwernia. ONE Pro Cycling hit the ground running from the start in the form of Hayden McCormick, James Oram, Karol Domagalski, Peter Williams, Jacob Scott and Szymon Tracz.
A large group of 30 riders contested the field, with McCormick, Oram and Domagalski all in the main field. But it was McCormick who was the team’s fast finisher on the day. He sprinted to fifth place on the stage, the first non-Polish rider across the line, behind Maciej Paterski of Wibatech Merx 7R. It was a sign of things to come because McCormick would back that up with an equally strong performance in stage 2.
The second stage of the race was considerably shorter, at just 101km from Szaflary to Nowy Targ, but it wreaked havoc on the field, with over 20 riders dropping out of the race over the course of the day, as time gaps exploded across the field. Three riders, Vitaliy Buts of Team Hurom, Jonas Aaen Jorgensen of Riwal CeramicSpeed Cycling and Adrian Honkisz of Wibatech Merx 7R attacked and managed to withhold ONE Pro Cycling’s James Oram and Karol Domagalski who chased hard in a reduced peloton.
ONE Pro Cycling showed their strength again, this time with McCormick taking the bunch sprint for 4th place behind the breakaway who finished 49 seconds ahead of the fragmented pack.
Closing out the weekend of racing was a summit finish stage to Stary Sacz. The stage featured 4 categorised climbs, but it was the final one that was set to put the hurt on and so it proved. CCC Sprandi Polkowice were on fire in the final stage, taking first and second place across the line courtesy of Amaro Manuel Antunes who finished 36 seconds ahead of teammate Pawel Cieslik.
McCormick again had a strong day in the saddle, finishing 12th at 2.18mins, but it was Karol Domagalski and James Oram who took over the challenge on the climb. Domagalski, racing in his home race, produced a strong performance to finish 5th at 1.19mins, which Oram too came home strong in 7th place at 1.35mins.
The result meant that Oram leapt from 15th overall to 7th on the final day, with McCormick 10th and Domagalski 5th in what was a strong performance across the board from ONE Pro Cycling. Antunes and Cieslik took first and second overall, with Lviv Cycling Team’s Anatoliy Budyak third.