When the peloton of Tour de Pologne enters the decisive phase of the race, another part of CCC Sprandi Polkowice will kick off Czech Cycling Tour, the 4-day stage event.
The race will start with an 18-kilometer team time trial, which the “orange squad” specializes in. Just this year they’ve won that kind of stage at Sibiu Cycling Tour, got 2nd in Coppi e Bartali and 5th in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Adrian Kurek and Mateusz Taciak, team’s top time trialists will be the driving forces on that day.
Stage two will be hilly, with a long ascent to Pustevny (1008m above sea level) located midway through the race. It’s going to be a good opportunity for Paweł Bernas, since he does well in a shattered bunch finish.
The following stage will be even more demanding, with eight KOMs sprinkled across the course. Three of them will await the riders on the finishing 10km circuit, that will be covered three times in the finale. The profile suggests no flat stretches, so it’s going to be a very tough day in the saddle. Whoever wins that battle will be in a good position to go for the final victory. Leszek Pluciński is the most talented climber in CCC Sprandi Polkowice lineup, so he is expected to ride with the strongest.
The last stage is not easy either, mostly due to hilly opening and undulating 9-kilometer lap with a hill in Dolany, that will be done 9 times in the final 81 kilometers. That stage may go two ways – either a breakaway will stay clear or the peloton may keep things under control and bring the race to a field sprint. That was the case last year and if history will repeat itself, Frantisek Sisr, Patryk Stosz and Kamil Małecki should be among those, who will contest the finish.
Czech Cycling Tour
9 August, Stage 1 – Unicov, 18,2km, TTT
10 August, Stage 2 – Olomouc – Frýdek-Místek, 197,7 km
11 August, Stage 3 – Mohelnice – Šternberk, 178,0 km
12 August, Stage 4 – Olomouc – Dolany, 147,9 km
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Czech Cycling Tour (2.1, Agust 9th – 12th): Frantisek Sisr, Adrian Kurek, Mateusz Taciak, Leszek Pluciński, Kamil Małecki, Patryk Stosz