The same CCC Sprandi Polkowice roster, which put in a solid performance in De Brabantse Pijl will tackle the one-day UCI World Tour event, Amstel Gold Race.
De Brabantse Pijl has shown that the form of our riders is improving and it should peak at Amstel Gold Race. The entire lineup did a great job and rode very well as a team. Despite the massive selection, we still managed to have four of our guys in the main, shattered group – sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Piotr Wadecki explains.
Davide Rebellin and Maciej Paterski will be the team’s leaders for the Dutch event. For both of them it’s a very important race – Davide has won it and Maciej, who quickly returned to his racing rhythm after injury, has claimed here one of his best results in his career. Łukasz Owsian’s and Simone Ponzi’s task will be to stay with the leaders as long as possible and help them in the finale. They’ve proved in the region of Brabant that they are capable of maintaining fast pace late in the race.
Amstel Gold Race is a very prestigious event so it’s crucial to make our presence known also in the breakaway. Jarosław Marycz, Josef Cerny, Adrian Kurek and Leszek Pluciński will try to make it happen – he adds.
The race sponsored by the Dutch brewery is the first one-day UCI World Tour event after the cobblestone campaign. It’s held on the roads of Limburg and despite the fact it doesn’t visit the Ardennes region, it is included in the Ardennes Triptych, alongside La Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
On the 258-kilometer route from Maastricht to Velkenburg there are 34 short, but steep hills. The most difficult are Keutenberg, Eyserbosweg and Cauberg, which in total will be tackled 4 times. The frequency of climbing makes the race extremely hard and doesn’t give the riders opportunity to take any rest on the way. Specific, narrow and twisty roads of Netherlands, filled with roundabouts and other traffic-calming devices may also be an obstacle.
After reaching the Cauberg for the last time, the riders will have only 1,8km to go. After moving the finish away from the top in 2013, the final straight is not as steep and goes just a little bit uphill.
Last year’s edition was very successful not only for CCC Sprandi Polkowice, but for the Polish cycling in general. Maciej Paterski made the top 10, by taking 9th place and Michał Kwiatkowski took the win, wearing the world champion jersey.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Amstel Gold Race (17.04, 1.UWT): Maciej Paterski, Davide Rebellin, Łukasz Owsian, Simone Ponzi, Jarosław Marycz, Josef Cerny, Adrian Kurek, Leszek Pluciński