The part of the lineup from Giro d’Italia, with the addition of few riders who feel comfortable in the mountains, will participate in the upcoming Tour de Suisse.
It’s the third UCI WorldTour stage race this season, for our team – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, says. – Most of the stages at Tour de Suisse are hilly. It is a perfect terrain for Grega Bole, who is aiming for stage success. The typical climbers will have a chance to shine on stage 2 to Risch-Rotkreuz, with two cat.1 climbs in the end and on stage 5 to Sölden, which will be probably the hardest day of racing in this event. Basically all of the riders from our roster for Tour de Suisse are solid in the mountains and everyone is capable of delivering good result on the stages. It won’t be easy to fight for the GC though, since for many riders Tour de Suisse is the last test before Tour de France and they will be close to their top form. The level of racing will be very high. It’s hard to predict how our guys, who have completed Giro d’Italia will feel, but we will definitely show up with the ambitious and fighting attitude.
This year’s edition of Tour de Suisse consists of 9 stages (1320km in total). It will start and end with a time trial. The prologue in Risch-Rotkreuz will be 5 kilometers long and on the last day of racing the riders will cover the distance of 38,4 kilometers. The organizers have planned out few demanding stages, but one of them stands out. Stage 5 is 237 kilometers long with the elevation of 4,1km. The finish is located in Austria, on the top of the 15km ascent which ends at the foot of the Rettenbach Glacier. The 12-14% slope will make a lot of the riders suffer.
The Polkowice-based team has participated in the Tour de Suisse also in 2014. Aside from the riders who took part last year (Rutkiewicz, Samoilau, Rebellin), three other CCC Sprandi Polkowice runners have raced in the TdS in their careers – Grega Bole, Stefan Schumacher and Sylwester Szmyd.
Lineup for Tour de Suisse (2.UWT, June 13-21): Marek Rutkiewicz, Branislau Samoilau, Davide Rebellin, Stefan Schumacher, Jan Hirt, Adrian Honkisz, Grega Bole, Sylwester Szmyd
Program of Tour de Suisse:
June 13th– Stage 1: Risch-Rotkreuz (5,1 km – ITT)
June 14th – Stage 2: Risch-Rotkreuz – Risch-Rotkreuz (161,1 km)
June 15th – Stage 3: Quinto – Olivone (117,3 km)
June 16th – Stage 4: Flims Laax Faiera – Schwarzenbach (193,2 km)
June 17th – Stage 5: Unterterzen/Flumserberg – Sölden/Rettenbachgletscher (237,3 km)
June 18th – Stage 6: Wil – Biel/Bienne (193,1 km)
June 19th – Stage 7: Biel/Bienne – Düdingen (164,6 km)
June20th – Stage 8: Bern – Bern (152,5 km)
June 21st – Stage 9: Bern – Bern (38,4 km – ITT)