Young and fast outfit of CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take on short stage event, Tour of Estonia (2.1).
Due to relatively flat profiles of stages, riders with strong sprint should shine the most. In the 8-man lineup there are two sprinters – Grzegorz Stępniak oraz Bartłomiej Matysiak. The latter took one stage win in Estonia, in 2013 and finished 4th overall.
Alan Banaszek, who also has an outstanding power in his legs, will be one of four U23 riders on the roster. Aside from him also Michał Paluta, Piotr Brożyna and Patryk Stosz will be competing on Estonian roads.
The task for Branislau Samoilau and Jarosław Marycz is to make sure that none of the breaks go clear without the “rider in orange” and in case of a bunch gallop, they will help team leaders in positioning.
Tour of Estonia is a young (first edition was held in 2013) and unusual stage race, since it features only two stages. On the first day of racing the peloton will cover 190 kilometers from Tallinn to Tartu. The hills on the profile don’t look that dangerous, but last year it was enough for the 9 escapees to outpace the field. It’s important to ride carefully and have an eye on all of the breakaway attempts.
Stage 2 will be held on a 9,6-circuit on the streets of Tartu and it will tackled 15 times (144km in total).The laps is quite flat, but one needs to stay focused throughout the entire race, to not lose contact with the pack on twisty roads.
Aside from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, there are three other Procontinental teams which have announced their participation in the 2.1 event – other Polish squad Verva ActiveJet, as well as Gazprom-RusVelo and Team Novo Nordisk. Continental teams from Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Israel, Sweden and national teams of Germany, Sweden, Finland and Estonia are also taking part. The race will be broadcasted live on www.postimees.ee.
Program of Tour of Estonia (2.1, 27-28.05):
Stage 1 – Tallin – Tartu, 190km
Stage 2 – Tartu – Tartu, 144km
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to Tour of Estonia: Bartłomiej Matysiak, Grzegorz Stępniak, Jarosław Marycz, Branislau Samoilau, Alan Banaszek, Piotr Brożyna, Patryk Stosz, Michał Paluta.