CCC Sprandi Polkowice will continue to compete on the Belgian soil, as this upcoming weekend the squad will take on another two races – first Brussels Cycling Classic (September 1st, 1.HC) and then unique Antwerp Port Epic (September 2nd, 1.1), which is held on road/cyclo cross course, known from previous editions of Schaal Sels.
First of these two events will take place on undulating route around Brussels, that includes 13 short bergs. Despite the up-and-down profile it’s usually the sprinters who battle for victory in the end. Thus, the course should suit Frantisek Sisr and Jonas Koch, two fastest riders in CCC Sprandi Polkowice line-up.
Łukasz Owsian, Michał Paluta, Paweł Bernas, Kamil Gradek and Adrian Kurek are all breakaway specialists, who can also lead-out their leader in the sprinting finale.
Day after Brussels Cycling Classic the “orange squad” will have the opportunity to race in one of the kind conditions of Antwerp Port Epic. As the name suggests the path goes through port in Antwerp, along the shipping containers, often on unpaved, cobbled, muddy and dirt roads. The course writhes in what looks like a chaotic way, with various laps and frequent turns. In total it is 206km long and arguably features the most cyclo cross elements, out of all UCI road races.
In previous years that event was held as Schaal Sels, which from 2018 season is a typical road race, with the start and the finish venue in Merksem (Sisr was 9th in that race a week ago).
Two “riders in orange” with cyclo cross background will line out at the start in Antwerp – Michał Paluta and Kamil Gradek – so they should be up there when the decisive breakaways emerge in the front.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to Brussels Cycling Classic (1.HC, September 1st) and Antwerp Port Epic (1.1, September 2nd): Frantisek Sisr, Jonas Koch, Łukasz Owsian, Michał Paluta, Paweł Bernas, Kamil Gradek, Adrian Kurek