CCC Sprandi Polkowice squad filled with climbers will take on another UCI WorldTour stage event, Tour de Suisse. The prestigious race will kick off on Saturday, June 11th.
We have selected some great climbers for Tour de Suisse. Victor de la Parte is our man for GC. He performs well in the mountains, which he has proved at Tour of Croatia, and is a very solid time trialist. In this year’s edition there are two TTs, so that set of skills will be very valuable – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, explains.
Felix Grossschartner, who also did well in Croatia, should be right there with him on the climbs. We also count on Sylwester Szmyd and Jan Hirt. The latter surprised everyone last year by staying with the strongest on the hardest mountain stage to Solden and finished 7th on that day.
As always Maciej Paterski will be dangerous for his rivals on those hilly, but not typical mountain stages. Meanwhile Simone Ponzi will try to compete in the fast finales. He’s returning to racing after an injury so he might lack some explosiveness, but we are already thinking about Tour de Pologne and how to polish his form for that race.
Branislau Samoilau and Jarosław Marycz also made the roster and will be crucial domestiques for the team leaders.
The race held in Switzerland is one of the most demanding events in the world of cycling. Not only because of the difficult course, but also the level of racing. Numerous riders, who are preparing for the Tour de France, choose Tour de Suisse as their last build-up race. Usually some of the biggest cycling stars lineup at the start.
This year’s edition will take place between 11th and 19th of June. Two individual time trials are on the program – the opening 6,4-kilometer TT in Baar and the penultimate stage in Davos (16,8km). Aside from that, three stages feature mountain top finish – stage 5 to Cari, 6 to Amden and the one that stands out – 224-kilometer race to Austrian ski resort, Solden. The rest of the stages are undulating and typical sprinters might not have their opportunity to shine at the finish.
Program of Tour de Suisse:
Stage 1 (ITT) – Baar – Baar (6.4km)
Stage 2 – Baar – Baar (187.6km)
Stage 3 – Grosswangen – Rheinfelden (192.6km)
Stage 4 – Rheinfelden – Champagne (193km)
Stage 5 – Brig/Glis – Carì (126.4km)
Stage 6 – Weese – Amden (162.8km)
Stage 7 – Arbon – Sölden (224.3km)
Stage 8 (ITT) – Davos – Davos (16.8km)
Stage 9 – Davos – Davos (117.7km)
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour de Suisse (11-19 czerwca, 2.UWT): Victor de la Parte, Felix Grossschartner, Jan Hirt, Sylwester Szmyd, Maciej Paterski, Simone Ponzi, Branislau Samoilau, Jarosław Marycz.