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Challenge starts for good!

After yesterday's proper warmup, today riders had more difficult task to complete: almost 70km for the CLASSIC distance and 47km for MEGA to cover on the trails around Stronie Śląskie. Among the highlights of the day – long and strenuous single track on Polish-Czech border. Weather conditions were still perfect for racing with a warm but not hot temperature and a mild breeze at the beginning of the stage. 

The prologue winner on CLASSIC distance – Erik Aagaard (TEAM RASK CYKLER) launched an early attack and gained good 30-40 seconds over the rest of the pack. The Dane took another win home (despite being caught by two teams)  after 03:26:23 spent on the course. Second place for Sönke Wegner (WORLD OF MTB / GIANT GERMANY) and third for the Italian Federico Rossi (CINGOLANI BIKESHOP). Second consecutive win in the women category goes to Canadian Sonya Looney (FREAKSHOW SCOTT), who completed the stage in 04:11:55. Sandra Backman (SINGLETRACK SISTERS RACE TEAM) takes second place and Marta Gogolewska (MERX TEAM WĄGROWIEC) completes the podium line-up. 

In team's competition on CLASSIC distance first place for the Belgian side WILLIER FORCE (Bram Cools and Mathias Coolstermans) who were the two fastest riders in general (taking both team and solo riders into consideration). The Russian team AEON SCOTT - LOYALTY POINT (Igor Gordienko and Andrey Dianov) came only a minute after the winners. Third place for the Polish MITUTOYO AZS WRATISLAVIA MTB TEAM (Dariusz Poroś and Łukasz Klimaszewski). The only team competing in women category - CINGOLANI WOMAN TEAM (Daniela Stefanelli and Nadia Pasqualini) – spent 04:09:37 on the course and ended the day in the mid pack of the open team competition! The MIX category won, once again, by CORTO TEAM (Seda Genavtseva and Ivan Grenavtsev). Second place for Belgian side CRANKBROTHERSRACINGTEAM (Peter Verbeurgt and Sara Michielsens) and third for ECHATLON also from Belgium (Reinout de Mey and Terry Fremineur). 

On MEGA distance first place for Jeffry Goethals (BEACHBIKERS), second spot for Piotr Niewieczerzal (CK SÄVAST) and the podium was completed by Grzegorz Kołodzik (KLIF MTB TEAM). Lenka Fridrichova (GHOST TEAM), same as yesterday, won the competition in women category and came 9th overal! Second place for Dominika Smyk (GOGOL MTB TEAM WĄGROWIEC) and third for Brigit Wauters (BEACHBIKERS). 
The team MIX category won, once again, by the American-German side – JANDN – Joshua Moore and Nina Moore. Belgian TEAM EPIC (Sam Van Rossom and Esther Bekkers) came second and Polish Kibolski KS (Przemysław Kubiak and Małgorzata Kaczmarek) finished racing on 3rd place. The only team in MAN category Xbox Bike Team (Sławomir Gerek and Łukasz Witkowski) spent 04:04:16 on the course of Stage 1.  

The peleton is leaving Stronie Śląskie and heads up north to reach finish line placed in Bardo. It's going to be 60km for CLASSIC distance and around 12km less for MEGA.