Fast, but GC-oriented team will take on the 6-stage race, Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour.
First four stages will run on the flat roads of northern and western Poland and it will be a chance for the sprinters to shine. There are two riders in CCC Sprandi Polkowice lineup who can put the hummer down in the finale – Grzegorz Stępniak, who won 4 times in this event 2 years ago, and a 21-year old Eryk Latoń.
The final general classification will be decided on the last day, when two mountain stages will be held – uphill time trial to Okraj pass and a short, but very demanding stage from Piechowie to Karpacz.
Mateusz Taciak knows very well how to win Bałtyk-Karkonosze, since he has done it in 2013. He took the overall lead after the ITT to Okraj pass, where he set the best time. Therefore he is one the favorites in this year’s edition. He has proved good current form by taking 2nd place in GC in Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich, despite lack of the time trial in the race’s program.
The roster for Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour will be completed by: Adrian Honkisz, who lately has participated in Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich and two Visegrad races, Tomasz Kiendyś, who is always solid and very valuable as a lead-out man, Leszek Pluciński, who came in 2nd in GP Poland few days ago, and very young Jakub Kaczmarek and Michał Paluta.
Lineup for Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour (20-24.05, kat.2.2): Mateusz Taciak, Grzegorz Stępniak, Leszek Pluciński, Eryk Latoń, Adrian Honkisz, Tomasz Kiendyś, Michał Paluta, Jakub Kaczmarek
Program of the race
19.05 – Prologue: Kołobrzeg (30x1km) – the results are not included in the general classification
20.05 – Stage 1 – Kołobrzeg-Świdwin – 192,6km
21.05 – Stage 2 – Goleniów-Wolin – 106,6km
22.05 – Stage 3 – Tarnowo Podgórne-Tarnowo Podgórne – 210,7
23.05 – Stage 4 – Kożuchów-Zgorzelec – 154,6km
24.05 – Stage 5 – Kowary- Przełęcz Okraj – 11,6km (ITT)
24.05 – Stage 6 – Piechowice-Karpacz – 82km