“Orange squad” for the win in Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour

CCC Sprandi Polkowice will attempt to take third consecutive overall win in Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour (16-21 May, 2.2).

6-day event will kick off in Kolobrzeg, with a city criterium. In the next few days the riders will roll through mostly flat terrain and sprinters will have their chances to showcase their power. The final day of racing, on which two stages will be held, will be the decisive one. In the morning the uphill individual time trial to Przełęcz Okraj will take place and in the afternoon hilly stage to Karpacz, which will feature 4 GPMs and a punchy finish.

Due to three races going on at the same time (also Giro d’Italia and Tour of Norway), CCC Sprandi Polkowice will take on Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour with only 5-man squad. It’s not about quantity though, but quality and even with such a narrow roster, the riders of Polkowice-based team will be capable of claiming the GC win.

Two previous winners, Mateusz Taciak (2016, 2013) and Leszek Pluciński (2015) will lead the team. The latter showed great form at CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie, which he finished in 2nd overall. Alan Banaszek, who won final stage of Grody in Polkowice, will try to repeat that performance on the flat stretches. Marcin Mrożek and Nikolay Mihaylov, who is returning to competition after the injury, will round out the lineup.

Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour:

16.05.2017 Kołobrzeg – Kołobrzeg Criterium, 30 km

17.05.2017 Kołobrzeg – Sławno, 138 km


18.05.2017 Goleniów – Chociwel, 165,9 km


19.05.2017 Zbąszynek – Zbąszynek, 116 km


20.05.2017 Kożuchów – Lubań, 145,6 km


21.05.2017 Kowary – Przełęcz Okraj, 11,6 km (ITT)


21.05.2017 Piechowice – Karpacz, 89,3km


Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Bałtyk – Karkonosze Tour (2.2, 16-21 maja): Leszek Pluciński, Mateusz Taciak, Alan Banaszek, Nikolay Miahylov, Marcin Mrożek