Tour de Pologne organizers, LangTeam, has announced the list of teams which had received “wild card” invitation for 2016 edition of the race. CCC Sprandi Polkowice is one of the five squads that will take on the biggest cycling event in Poland.
Aside from CCC Sprandi Polkowice the “wild card” invitation went to another Polish UCI Professional Continental team – Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team and also to the Polish National Team. Moreover, Italian Bardiani-CSF and American Team Novo Nordisk will take part in the one-week stage race.
It will be the ninth consecutive participation in Tour de Pologne, for the “orange squad”. In the last two editions, Polkowice-based team won King of the Mountains Classification, thanks to a great climbing performance by Maciej Paterski.
We always try to prepare for the races the best possible way and fight for top places. In Tour of Pologne it’s not an easy task, since the race is included in UCI World Tour and best riders of the world come to Poland. For us it’s a priority race and for every Polish rider it’s a big honor and a challenge. We have 27 riders on our team. Only eight can make the roster and everyone would like to be among that eight – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director told tourdepologne.pl.
In 2016 Tour de Pologne will exceptionally take place in July (12th – 18th), to avoid clashing with the Olympics. The Olympic race will be held in August, in Rio de Janeiro and for some riders, Polish event may be the last test of form.