On one day, CCC Sprandi Polkowice received two invitations to UCI World Tour races – Volta a Catalunya (March 21st-27th) and Gent-Wevelgem (March 27th).
We know very well the race in Catalunya and we have great memories from this event. Maciej Paterski’s success from last year reassured the organizers that we deserve the invitation – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice said. – Participation in Gent-Wevelgem is something new for us though. We have never taken part in this race, but if we have World Tour ambitions we have to get to used to this kind of racing. It will be also a great test for us, before the monument, 100th edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen.
The former event has stuck in minds of CCC Sprandi Polkowice fans, due to Maciej Paterski’s first victory in the World Tour event, which he claimed last year. This season he won’t be at the start line (he will take part in Tirreno-Adriatico instead), but other “riders in orange” will do their best to step up and fill in for him.
The route of Volta a Catalunya is not completely known. What’s certain is that it will consists of 7 stages, it will kick off in Calella and end with a stage around Barcelona. Day 3 and 4 will be decisive in terms of general classification, when the riders will tackle the mountain roads from Girona to La Molina and from Bagà to Port Ainé.
It will be the third consecutive time at Volta a Catalunya for CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders and fourth in total. Aside from the Polkowice-based squad and 18 UCI World Tour teams, the invitations were given to Caja Rural, Cofidis, Solutions Credits, Roompit-Oranje Peloton, Team Roth, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and another Polish team, Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team.
On the day, when the stage-race will be wrapped up, other part of the “orange team” will take on Gent-Wevelgem. It will be the final test before Ronde van Vlaanderen, which will be held one week later. Gent-Wevelgem also goes through the region of Flanders, but the route is not as hill as the monument’s. Cross wind, rain, short bergs located in the first part of the course and some cobblestones will be enough though to shatter the bunch. The finale is flat, so the sprinters also will have a chance to shine in the end. The total distance to cover is 240 kilometers.