Lineup full of good climbers will take on another Polish stage race, Tour of Małopolska (June 8th – 10th, 2.2), which features mountain top finish on the final day of racing.
This year’s edition is much more hilly than the previous ones and stage three will be crucial for the final GC, with a 5,5-kilometer mountain top finish at Przehyba. It averages 9%, so only pure climbers will be in the contention for the win. Stage 1 from Trzebinia to Alwernia, which in the past was the key day, this time will be only a warm-up. That speaks volumes about how difficult the following stages are.
Stage two includes four hilly laps, which should shatter the field before it arrives to Nowy Sącz, while the final day not only features that steep climb in the end, but also not much less brutal ascents to Skrzypne, Gliczarów, Łapszankę and Przełęcz Knurowską. All that makes this year’s race one of the hardest in its history. CCC Sprandi Polkowice will be ready for it though, with multiple climbers on the lineup.
The squad will be led by Amaro Antunes, who is at his best, when the road rises. Him, together with CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie winner, Łukasz Owsian and Paweł Cieślik, who was 3rd in Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour, are among the top protagonist for this event. In hilly terrain they will get a support from Leszek Pluciński, while Patryk Stosz and Kamil Małecki will make sure that their leaders are safe and sound on the flat stretches.
Tour of Małopolska will kick off with traditional prologue on the main square in Cracow, on June 7th. It will have a form of an elimination race and the results won’t count for the general classification.
Tour of Małopolska
June 7th – prologue, Kraków
June 8th – stage 1, Trzebinia – Alwerni, 133 km
June 9th – stage 2, Szaflary – Nowy Targ, 101 km
June 10th – stage 3, Chochołowskie Termy – Stary Sącz Przehyba
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice to Tour of Małopolska (June 8th – 10th, 2.2): Amaro Antunes, Paweł Cieślik, Łukasz Owsian, Leszek Pluciński, Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki