CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take part in two one-day races held this weekend in the Benelux countries – Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic (August 19th) and Grote Prijs Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven (August 21st). On Saturday (August 20th) another part of the squad will compete in the Polish event – Puchar Ministra Obrony Narodowej.
The race from Arnhem to Veenendaal will be held on a twisty course, which goes through two Dutch national parks. There are few short, but punchy and sometimes covered with cobbles, hills on the menu. The hardest ones include Grebbeberg and Posbank in Rhenen and Emma Pyramid in Rozendaal. There are 198 kilometers to cover and the finishing straight is flat.
Two days later the “orange squad” will be racing in Belgium, at Grote Prijs Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven, which is included – alongside 9 other Belgian events – in the Napoleon Games Cup series. The race will be carried out on a 14-kilometer lap, which will be tackled as many as twelve times. There are four shorter climbs on the circuit and the top of the last one is located just 2 kilometers from the finish in Leuven. The riders will end the day with 185 kilometers under their belt. One-day Belgian races specialists are mostly likely to take the win, but typical sprinters can’t be ruled out. Last year’s edition was one of the hardest, since only 29 men reached the finish line.
Grzegorz Stępniak, Adrian Kurek, Leszek Pluciński, Marcin Mrożek, Adrian Honkisz and Łukasz Owsian are part of the six-man lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for both of the races.
On Satuday (August 20th) the “orange squad” will participate in the Polish 1.2 race, Puchar Ministra Obrony Narodowej. Also in this case the course consists of laps, as the riders will do 6 circuits around Wysokie Mazowieckie. The winner will be selected after 165 kilometers of racing.
The profile is flat, but cross winds may play an important role in the race’s outcome. Skills of riding at echelons will be very valuable and one has to stay focused throughout the entire distance to think about the victory at the line. CCC Sprandi Polkowice will be able to play three different, “sprinters cards” – Alan Banaszek, Eryk Latoń or 2013 winner, Bartłomiej Matysiak. The roster also includes Maciej Paterski, Mateusz Taciak, Jarosław Marycz, Jakub Kaczmarek and Tomasz Kiendyś.
Lineup CCC Sprandi Polowice to Arnhem-Veenendaal Classic (August 19th, 1.1): Grzegorz Stępniak, Adrian Kurek, Leszek Pluciński, Marcin Mrożek, Adrian Honkisz, Łukasz Owsian
Lineup CCC Sprandi Polowice to Grote Prijs Jef Scherens – Rondom Leuven (August 21st, 1.1): Grzegorz Stępniak, Adrian Kurek, Leszek Pluciński, Marcin Mrożek, Adrian Honkisz, Łukasz Owsian
Lineup CCC Sprandi Polowice to Puchar Ministra Obrony Narodowej (August 20th, 1.2): Bartłomiej Matysiak, Eryk Latoń, Alan Banaszek, Maciej Paterski, Mateusz Taciak, Jakub Kaczmarek, Tomasz Kiendyś, Jarosław Marycz