Orange colors will enter World Tour level after a successful year, filled with victories and top 3 places. In 2018 CCC Sprandi Polkowice stepped onto the podium on 75 occasions in UCI and Polish Cycling Federation races, winning as many as 25 of them.
Wins in the prestigious one-day Dutch races are the ones that stand out – Volta Limburg Classic and Ronde van Drenthe – which were won by Jan Tratnik and Frantisek Sisr respectively. For Slovenian that was one of his four victories in 2018, as he also took time trial stages at CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie and Coppi e Bartali, as well as National Champion title in TT. He also performed extremely well in stage events, finishing 2nd in Skoda Tour de Luxembourg and Tour of Slovakia and third in CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie, which was won by his teammate, Łukasz Owsian.
The Polish rider recorded one of his best years in professional sport and made another large step in his cycling development. Outside of winning CCC-sponsored race, he was also 2nd overall in Le Tour de Langkawi (2.HC) and first in Polish GP Doliny Baryczy (1.2).
That victory was one of many for the “orange squad”, which were witnessed by the Polish fans. CCC Sprandi Polkowice won GC of Wyścig Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala (Mateusz Taciak), Mazovia Tour (Szymon Sajnok) and Tour of Małopolska (Amaro Antunes), taking few stages along the way as well.
What’s worth mentioning is other outstanding performances by Polkowice-based team, when they just missed out on triumph. After an aggressive and impressive ride Paweł Bernas finished inaugural edition of Great War Remembrance Race in 2nd place. Amaro Antunes was also very close to open his tally on the international scene in CCC Sprandi Polkowice kit, as he was 2nd in Giro dell’Appennino, while Szymon Sajnok, 2018 world champion in omnium, sprinted into top 3 in Rund um Koln, beating some big names of bunch finishes.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice wrapped the season with astonishing ride in TTT world championships. They faced top World Tour squads, got 9th place and proved that last year’s 8th was not a coincidence.
2018 will go down in history for one more reason. That is the year when the CCC company decided to go all in and become the title sponsor of three cycling teams: the World Tour team sponsored previously by BMC, with Greg Van Avermaet on the roster, women’s team led by Marianne Vos and continental CCC Development Team, which will gather the most talented Polish and foreign riders.