On Wednesday, 20th of March begins in Italy the stage race Settimana Internazionale di Coppi Ciclistica e Bartali (Cat. 2.1) in which will participate the CCC Polsat Polkowice team.
“Weekly” race first took place in 1984, and with the exception of two editions in 1995 and 1997, is held continuously until this year. Race is part of the UCI Europe Tour series and has a category 2.1. Held in March, is always on the routes in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
This year, the race has changed the location of the start of the competition. After many years, the pack starts in Riccione, this year the race will start in the town of Cesenatico. For the first two days on the slopes around the town of riders will play three stages.
On the first day, the hours will be held dopołudniowych short stage around Gatteo. Its length is only 100 km and two mountain bonuses, which are located in the middle of the route of this stage, they can give the characters a little cyclists. Theoretically stage for the sprinters. On the same day in the afternoon will be played Team riding at the time. Cyclists will be able to pokonania11-mile route from Sant’Angelo to Gatteo Mare.Podczas this edition race, riding Team will be played for the first time in the new formula. Each of the four teams, two teams issues. The results will be considered a second time and the total time player two 4-person teams will consist of the total time the team.
On the first day of spring, March 21, will be played particularly difficult stage, which starts and ends in Cesenatico in Sogliano al Rubicone. Cyclists will be able to overcome the 162 km distance and the route will be Cesna hill where there is quite a difficult climb at La Ville Monte Tiffi, who will have to overcome five times.
On the third day of competition, another mountain stage of Zola Predosa to Piane di Mocogno. Its length is 157 km and from one mountain premium Passo Centro Croci (1264 m), where the inclination places as high as 17%. After a quick exit to the village of La Lama last 5 km to the finish line in Piane di Mocogno, leads a difficult climb with an average gradient of 8%.
The next day will be conducted individual time trial on the 14.3 kilometer route in Crevalcore. At the end of the race, on March 24, the last stage of Monticelli Terme to Fiorano Modenese. Its length is 141 km and the distance from the middle of the road again appear above. Cyclists will have struggled with a difficult driveway in Montecchio, where the average inclination is 7%. After his defeat hard trail leads down to the finish line in Fiorino Modenese, where we will know the winner of the race.
How to inform the race organizers for the loss of 25 eight-person teams will among them Word the Tour team: Lampre Merida, Astana, Katusha, Cannondale Pro Cycling. There will also be stars of world cycling. Announced their share Ivan Basso, Moreno Moser, Franco Pellizotti, Emanuele Sela, Arman Kamyshev. The NetApp team – Endura start Huzarski Bartosz, who last year finished in second site.
The team will start CCC Polsat Polkowice composed of Davide Rebellin, Marek Rutkiewicz, Jaroslaw Marycz, Bartlomiej Matysiak, Adrian Kurek, Matthew Taciak, Jacek Morajko and Grzegorz Stepniak.