Marek Rutkiewicz, Bartłomiej Matysiak, Maciej Paterski, Mateusz Taciak, Grzegorz Stępniak, Branislau Samoilau, Davide Rebellin and Tomasz Marczyński will take part in the 71st edition of Tour de Pologne. The race begins in 10 days, on the 3rd of August in Gdansk.
That will be the fourth time CCC Polsat Polkowice will participate in the UCI WorldTour event this year. The team has raced so far in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Amstel Gold Race and Tour de Suisse.
The first four stages of the Polish stage race will be relatively flat, and sprinters should shine the most. That will be chance for Grzegorz Stepniak to show his sprinting skills. Polish champion, Bartlomiej Matysiak and Tour of Norway winner, Maciej Paterski also should feel comfortable in such a terrain, since they are both fast and like lively action on the road.
On the fifth day of racing the peleton will enter the mountains. This is where the the favorites will stand out. There is nobody in the bunch who knows Tour de Pologne better than Marek Rutkiewicz. It will be his 12th time in the Polish tour. Branislau Samoilau is in great shape after winning mountain stage of Sibiu Cycling Tour and finishing 4th in the general classification. Davide Rebellin was even higher in the GC, and ranked 2nd. He’s been performing very well since the beginning of the season.
Even though Tomasz Marczynski had been racing in July (2-5.07) only in the Race of “Solidarity” and the Olimpians, he should be ready for the TdP. He is one of those riders who can preprere himself for big event only by training.
Tour de Pologne will end with the individual time trial in Krakow. Mateusz Taciakspecializes in that part of cycling and is the bronze medalist from Polish championship in Zawonia 2014.
Jaroslaw Marycz, Adrian Honkisz and Nikolay Mihaylov are on the reserved riders list.