"I am growing - commented Ruslan Tleubayev - and now I have completely recovered from the bad accident I had in the Tour de Langkawi."
Tleubayev arrived with the best in the first stage of the 73rd edition of the Tour de Pologne proving to be 100% after breaking his collarbone in four parts last February.
On the finish line in Warsaw, the Italian Davide Martinelli has anticipated the group becoming the first leader of the Polish race.
"It has been a nervous stage with a final circuit in the old city full of pitfalls - said sports director Alexander Shefer - shame about the fall of Andrea Guardini and Bahktiyar Kozhatayev but nothing serious fortunately.
Tomorrow the second stage from Tarnowskie Gory to the Katowice 153 km. A final circuit of 14.7 km to be repeated 5 times should be decided by a bunch sprint.