Tour of the Alps (April 16-20th), which attracts some of the top names in professional cycling, will be the next race for CCC Sprandi Polkowice.
5-day event is tailored to typical climbers and basically none of the stages will suit sprinters. It will kick off right away with a tough stage and two long climbs – first Valico di Andalo (7,6km, 4,2%) which begins soon after the start, and second – Serrada (19,2km, 5,5%), with the summit located with just 6km to go. Stage two is arguably the hardest one of the race, with a mountain top finish to Alpe di Pampeago (7,7km, 9,8%) and Passo Redebus (16km, 6,1%) at km 51, which will test the field early on.
On the following day it won’t get too much easier, since Mendola Pass (18km, 6,3%) and Passo Palade (13km, 4,1%) will be tackled in the second part of the course. Stage 4 seems to be the least demanding terrain-wise, although 7-kilometer ascent to Baanberg, with 10km remaining, may cause some action in the bunch.
To wrap things up, the riders will travel to Austria, where they will have an opportunity to do a recon of a hilly and tough world championship circuit around Innsbruck, where this year’s worlds will be held. Olympia Climb (6,7km, 6%) will be covered three times that day, while the final stretch from the top to the finish is around 20km long.
Amaro Antunes will lead the “orange squad”. Portuguese climbers showed this season that he is capable of putting up a fight against top favorites. He will be supported in the mountains by Michal Schlegel, two time top 10 finisher in Tour de l’Avenir, and Leszek Pluciński.
Other riders on the roster, Frantisek Sisr, Patryk Stosz, Jonas Koch and Mateusz Taciak will make sure that CCC Sprandi Polkowice have some representation in the breakaways and will protect their leader to keep him safe and fresh for the decisive parts of the stages.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour of the Alps: Amaro Antunes, Michal Schlegel, Jonas Koch, Frantisek Sisr, Patryk Stosz, Leszek Pluciński, Mateusz Taciak
16 April, Stage 1 – Arco – Folgaria (134,6km), Eurosport 1 from 14:00
17 April, Stage 2 – Lavarone – Fiemme/Alpe di Pampeago (145,5km), Eurosport 1 from 14:00
18 April, Stage 3 – Ora/Auer – Merano/Meran (138,3km), Eurosport 1 from 13:00
19 April, Stage 4 – Chiusa/Klausen – Lienz (134,3km), Eurosport 1 from 14:00
20 April, Stage 5 – Rattenberg – Innsbruck (161,6km), Eurosport 1 from 14:00