5 espoirs of CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take part in the most prestigious stage race U23 in East-Central Europe, Carpathian Courier Race (2.2U). The roster includes Patryk Stosz, who is two-time King of the Mountains and was 9th overall last year.
It will be the third stage event this season for the young CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders. Earlier in the year they competed, alongside more experienced Mateusz Taciak, in the Istrian Spring Trophy (which had very similar format to Carpathian Courier Race) and Nations Cup race, ZLM-Roompot tour, in which “riders in orange” raced for the Polish National Team.
Alan Banaszek performed well in both of those events. He finished 5th on the last stage in Croatia and took 7th and 11th in the Netherlands, where Patryk Stosz and Michał Paluta also recorded top 20 places.
Aside from that trio, Kamil Małecki and Piotr Brożyna made the Carpathian Courier Race line up as well. The Polkowice-based squad will be one out of 33, which are going to show up at the start line.
This year’s edition will go through three different countries – Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The race will kick off in Hungarian Veszprem, with a short, undulating prologue (3,3km). The same town will be host of the start of stage 1, to Papa. It has flat profile and a bunch gallop is expected on that day.
Next stage will be held in Slovakia in much more demanding terrain. There are 4 KOMs on the route from Trencianskie Teplice to Stara Bystrica and the last one is located just 7 kilometers from the finish. 4 climbs – Wysoka, Gruszowiec, Pasierbiec and Rozdziele – are included also in the program of stage 3, from Jabłonka to Ciężkowice.
The hardest stage will be played out on the last day of racing, when the riders will face Golgota climb twice. It’s known for its steep gradient, compared to famous Gliczarów, climb well known mostly from Tour de Pologne.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to Carpathian Courier Race (2.2U, 29.04.3.05): Patryk Stosz, Michał Paluta, Piotr Brożyna, Kamil Małecki, Alan Banaszek
April 29th – prologue – Veszprem, 3,3km (TT)
April 30th – stage 1 – Veszprem – Papa, 150km
May 1st – stage 2 – Trencianskie Teplice – Stara Bystrica, 132km
May 2nd – stage 3 – Jabłonka – Ciężkowice, 150km
May 3rd – stage 4 – Żabno – Tarnów, 130km