Seven flat stages and one time trial – OVO Energy Tour of Britain is tailored to CCC Sprandi Polkowice, which have selected their fastest sprinters and strongest time trialists to this event.
2017 edition is not the most demanding profile wise. But don’t be fooled by the “easy” course – with 10 UCI World Tour teams participating, which include riders who are preparing for the world championships, the pace will be brutal. The peloton will wait for no one.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice are more than ready for that battle. Alan Banaszek will be the team’s main sprinter, as he showcased dynamite in his legs and positioning abilities during Tour de l’Avenir and Tour de Pologne. In the finale he can count on Maciej Paterski, Jonas Koch and Jan Tratnik. They all are capable of slipping into Banaszek’s role in case of forced last minute change of strategy.
The latter of that trio, Tratnik is also known for his TT skills and together with Polish Championship runner-up, Marcin Białobłocki, who lives in Great Britain, will try to make the difference in race against the clock, which could be crucial for GC standings as there are no hilly stages on the menu. The six-man roster will be rounded out by Łukasz Owsian.
The weather in England was perfect, so I could prepare for the race at home. I did few time trials and trained very hard ahead of Tour of Britain. I think that all that work will pay off, since I feel strong. Even though the profiles don’t indicate that, it will be extremely tough race and we might see some surprising results. I’m focused on 16-kilometer TT and helping my teammates in the battle for top places on the stages and in GC – Marcin Białobłocki explains.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take the riders through three British countries – Scotland, England and Wales, as the race will kick off in Edinburg and will be winded up in Cardiff. The event will visit mostly flat terrain, so sprinters will have the most opportunities to shine.
The past few days I’ve been recovering after very hard Tour de l’Avenir. I think that my form is exactly where it should be at this time and it’s still improving. Just like last year, I hope to peak at the world championships, which will be held after Tour of Britain. My goal for this stage event is to be in the mix with the top sprinters and to achieve top places on the stages – Alan Banaszek said.
The entire race will be covered “live” by Eurosport 2.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
3 September, Stage 1 – Edinburgh – Kelso (188km)
4 September, Stage 2 – Kielder water and forest park – Blyth(211km)
5 September, Stage 3 – Normanby Hall country park – Scunthorpe(172km)
6 September, Stage 4 – Mansfield – Newark-on-Trent (175km)
7 September, Stage 5 (ITT) – Tendring – Tendring (16km)
8 September, Stage 6 – Newmarket – Aldeburgh (183km)
9 September, Stage 7 – Hemel Hemstead – Cheltenham (186km)
10 September, Stage 8 – Worcester – Cardiff (180km)
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for OVO Energy Tour of Britain (2.HC, 3-10 September): Maciej Paterski, Jan Tratnik, Marcin Białobłocki, Alan Banaszek, Jonas Koch, Łukasz Owsian