CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take on top World Tour squads in team time trial of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships.
We have proven in the past that we can do really well in team time trial and we are capable of competing against World Tour squads. That was the case in Coppi e Bartali. We claimed two consecutive victories in 2016 and 2017 in that race, besting Team Sky, among others – Piotr Wadecki, DS of CCC Sprandi Polkowice explains. – Our roster for the worlds includes mostly riders who took part in Tour of Britain. They had the opportunity to polish their form there and test their legs on time trial bikes, at race pace, on stage 5, individual TT.
The Norwegian course is quite challenging. It’s 42,5km long, features undulating terrain and twisty roads, often alongside the sea. The riders will start from Ravnanger and finish in Bergen. They will have few “bumps” along the way and one really demanding climb in Birkelundsbakken. It’s 1,4km long, with a gradient slowly increasing from 5% early in the hill, up to 9% near the top.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice has named these six riders for team time trial of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships:
Marcin Białobłocki – current silver medalist of Polish Championships in ITT, member of a squad which won TTT at Coppi e Bartali and was 11th at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Jonas Koch – member of a squad which took 7th in TTT at Coppi e Bartali
Łukasz Owsian – member of a squad which took 3rd in TTT at Czech Cycling Tour, 11th at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and 13th at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Maciej Paterski – member of a squad which took 11th in TTT at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and 13th at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Mateusz Taciak – 6-time bronze medalist of Polish Championships in ITT, member of a squad which took 13th in TTT at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Jan Tratnik – member of a squad which won TTT at Coppi e Bartali, took 3rd in TTT at Czech Cycling Tour and 11th at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, National Champion of Slovenia in TT (2015)
The race will be broadcast by both Eurosport 1 and TVP Sport and live coverage will start at 15:30, Polish time.
Three of those six riders will stay in Bergen to compete for the National teams in individual time trial or road race – Białobłocki, Paterski and Tratnik, while Michał Paluta, Piotr Brożyna, Kamil Małecki and Alan Banaszek have been selected for U23 Polish National Team.