CCC Sprandi Polkowice will cap off 2017 season with UCI World Tour stage race, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (October 10th-15th).
It’s been a long season, so it will be quite a challenge for the riders to find some extra energy left after over 8 months of racing. 6 stages await the peloton – both for the sprinters and those who prefer racing in harder terrain. Most of the stages will end on the flat, but it doesn’t mean it will be easy along the way to the finish, due to some short climbs sprinkled throughout the course.
Fourth day of competition will be crucial for general classification. There are 204 kilometers on the menu and final 5 are all uphill. The ascent averages around 7% of incline, but the second part is the hardest one (max. 10%).
Race will kick off from Alanya, a Turkish town which is well known not only among tourists, but also regular participants in Tour of Turkey. The riders will head west, riding alongside the seaside or near it. This stage event will be wrapped up in Istanbul.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice have selected 8-man team, which is based on riders who took part in Sparkassen Münsterland Giro and are still in the race rhythm. Jonas Koch, who sprinted to 12th in German “classic”, will lead the squad on the flat stages. Frantisek Sisr is capable of replacing him as the main sprinter if it’s needed, while Michał Paluta, Kamil Małecki and Patryk Stosz can do well when it comes down to a sprint from a shattered bunch.
Leszek Pluciński and Piotr Brożyna, who are strong in the mountains, will try to climb with the strongest on the “queen stage”. TT specialist, Mateusz Taciak, won’t have the opportunity to show his time trialing skills, but will provide strong support for the team.
Every stage of the race will be broadcast live by Eurosport 1.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (10-15.10, 2.UWT): Leszek Pluciński, Jonas Koch, Mateusz Taciak, Michał Paluta, Piotr Brożyna, Kamil Małecki, Patryk Stosz, Frantisek Sisr
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey:
October 10, Stage 1, Alanya – Kemer, 176,7 km
October 11, Stage 2, Kumluca – Fethiye, 206 km
October 12, Stage 3, Fethiye – Marmaris, 128,6 km
October 13, Stage 4, Marmaris – Selçuk, 205,3 km
October 14, Stage 5, Selçuk – İzmir, 166 km
October 15, Stage 6, İstanbul – İstanbul, 143,7