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“Orange squad” for Tour de Slovaquie and Tour of Małopolska

CCC Sprandi Polkowice has named two 6-man lineups for upcoming Tour de Slovaquie (7-11 June, 2.1) and Tour of Małopolska (8-11 June, 2.2).

Race in Slovakia will kick off with a 3,4-kilometer prologue, individual time trial in Levoca. It will be followed by hilly stage to Banska Bystrica, which features six categorized climbs, including Strbske Plso (1264m above the sea level). Stage 2 to Nitra is undulating as well, although final 80km of racing are all flat and it may come down to a bunch kick.

On penultimate stage there are also some hills to tackle, but it should be the day for the sprinters. It’s most likely that that will be the case also on the final day of racing, since there are no obstacles on the entire route to Trnava.

All teams participating in Tour de Slovaquie will compete with 6-man rosters. CCC Sprandi Polkowice has named two time trial specialist, top 15 finishers from stages of Giro d’Italia, Jan Tratnik and Marcin Białobłocki.  Mateusz Taciak and Nikolay Mihaylov are also one of the best in terms of racing against the clock. Frantisek Sisr however will be the team’s weapon in sprint finales, while Piotr Brożyna will try to do some damage in the group while going uphill.

Program of Tour de Slovaquie (7-11 June, 2.1).

7 June, Prologue – Levoca – Levoca, 3,4km

8 June, Stage 1 – Levoca – Banská Bystrica, 211,8km

9 June, Stage 2 – Banská Bystrica – Nitra, 177km

10 June, Stage 3 – Nitra – Trnava, 222km

11 June, Stage 4 – Trnava – Trnava, 152km

Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour de Slovaquie: Jan Tratnik, Marcin Białobłocki, Mateusz Taciak, Nikolay Mihaylov, Frantisek Sisr, Piotr Brożyna

Coming off victory at “Hubal”

After winning Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala, Maciej Paterski will try to take advantage of his great form after Giro d’Italia again, taking part in Tour of Małopolska. He is still performing extremely well and will go for second consecutive victory in Polish stage event. Łukasz Owsian, who also raced in Italian Grand Tour and “Hubal” can’t be ruled out either, neither as Michal Schlegel, another Giro participant. They will be joined by Polish youngsters – Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki and fast Alan Banaszek, who is targeting criterium and stage 1. Criterium consists of 1st round followed by final round in the form of 12-man elimination race. It doesn’t count towards the general classification though.

First two days should suit sprinters, while the last two climbers and puncheurs. Stage two is quite undulating and features five categorized climbs. From the top of the last one it’s still 40km to the finish, so anything can happen. Final stage to Nowy Targ should be decisive in terms of GC. It’s short but very intense, with 6 climbs on the menu.

Program of Tour of Małopolska (8-11.06, 2.2):

1.etap – 9 czerwca –  Alwernia – Trzebinia, 123km
2.etap – 10 czerwca – Kokotów/Centrum Logistyczne 7R – Stary Sącz, 143km
3.etap – 11 czerwca – Chochołowskie Termy – Nowy Targ, 113km

Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour of Małopolska: Maciej Paterski, Łukasz Owsian, Michal Schlegel, Alan Banaszek, Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki