CCC Sprandi Polkowice will wrap the 2018 season with UCI World Tour stage event, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (October 9-14).
2018 edition of the race consists of 6 stages. Most of them are tailored to the sprinters, but it will be the climbers who’ll battle for GC. Stage 4 with mountain top finish in Selcus is expected to be the decisive one, as it ends with 5-kilometer slope at avg. 7%. Also stage 3 could be tricky, with a short ascent with just 10km to go.
As it has been the case in the past, Turkish event will close with a stage to Istanbul. What’s interesting is the fact, that riders will travel through below-sea-level depression and go across Osman Gazi Bridge which spans the Gulf of İzmit at its narrowest point. It was open in 2016 and as of today it’s the longest bridge in Turkey and the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take on Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey with their eyes on both – stages and general classification. Szymon Sajnok should be contesting fast finales and if needed, Michał Paluta will try to replace him in the sprint. Last year he was 5th in one of the stages.
Top climbers of the “orange squad”, Amaro Antunes and Paweł Cieślik will be the leaders for GC. They both had some health issues during the season, losing a large chunk of it. It could turn out to be a blessing in disguise though, since those breaks in racing and training may have a positive affect on their form and freshness late in the season.
Paweł Bernas, Kamil Gradek and Piotr Brożyna will make sure that their leaders are always well protected and led-out in key moments of the race.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (2.WT, October 9-14): Szymon Sajnok, Amaro Antunes, Paweł Cieślik, Kamil Gradek, Paweł Bernas, Michał Paluta, Piotr Brożyna
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2018:
9 October, Stage 1 – Konya – Konya, 149,7km
10 October, Stage 2 – Alanya – Antalya, 154,1km
11 October, Stage 3 – Fethiye – Marmaris, 137km
12 October, Stage 4 – Marmaris – Selçuk, 206,7km
13 October, Stage 5 – Selçuk – Manisa, 166km
14 October, Stage 6 – Bursa – Istanbul, 136,5km