For the third time in team’s history, CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take part in Giro d’Italia. The organizers of the Italian Grand Tour have announced the participating teams in the 100th edition.
It’s a big honor for us that we got invited to the 100th edition of this legendary race. The organizers of the event, RCS Sport, have recognized our team on few other occasions in the past, granting us a wild card invitations to some other big races, such as Il Lombardia, Milan-Sanremo, Tirreno-Adriatico, Strade Bienche, Abu Dhabi Tour or Dubai Tour. We are extremely happy, that we didn’t disappoint and that RCS Sport wants to see our orange colors in their races again and again – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice, said.
Before the 2017 season we rebuilt the team and we believe that we have few riders on the roster who are capable of finishing high on the stages – he adds. For the Polkowice-based squad it will be the third time participating in the Italian Grand Tour. Last time was 2 years ago, in 2015 and the debut took place in 2003. – We gained a lot of experience and knowledge at 2015 Giro. We have drawn conclusions and we will do everything we can to bring good result from Italy.
The 100th edition of Giro d’Italia will kick off in Sardinia, where three stages will be held. After a rest day, the peloton will resume the competition with two stages in Sicily – one of them ends with a mountain top finish in Etna. In the following days, the race will discover southern regions of Italy, which have either never or rarely been visited by the peloton. The bunch will cover almost the entire length of the country and will roll through 17 out of 21 regions. The course will recall Italian cycling champions such as Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani or places which have had a significant impact on Italy’s history.
The final stage will end in Milano, on May 28th. For the capital of Lombardy it will be the 76th time to host the riders competing in the Giro d’Italia.
In total there are six flat, eight undulating, two individual time trials and five mountains top finish stages on the menu of the three-week event. Some of the most famous climbs will be tackled during the 100th edition, such as Blockhaus, Passo Pordoi, Monte Grappa, Passo del Mortirolo and cima coppi, Passo Delo Stelvio.
In 2017, 22 teams will lineup at the start – all of the World Tour and 4 Pro Continental squads – aside from CCC Sprandi Polkowice, also Gazprom-RusVelo, Bardiani – CSF and Wilier – Trestina.