In the upcoming days the Polkowice-based team will be racing in three stage races at the same time – aside from Giro d’Italia, Bałtyk-Karkonosze Tour, it will participate in the Tour of Norway (2.HC). 6-man “orange squad” will be competing in this event.
The lineup for the Norwegian race is a combination of youth and experience. The team will be led by Davide Rebellin, who is coming back to racing after an injury sustained at Tour of Turkey (dislocated shoulder). The Italian had few days of break from riding a bike, but he recovered well and should be ready for ToN.
He will surrounded by Stefan Schumacher, Adrian Kurek, Josef Cerny, Jan Hirt (all of them have taken part in the Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich, held few days ago) and Piotr Brożyna. The latter three are one of the youngest riders of the team, at the age of 24 or less.
This year’s edition of Tour of Norway consists of 5 stages. First two seem to be not so demanding, although due to some short hills, it may not end with a typical bunch sprint. On the third day of racing the riders will tackle the longest climb of the event – it’s around 10km long, with the elevation of 800 meters. From the top to the finish there are only 23 kilometers. Stage 4 should also be a big factor in terms of final general classification. There are two cat. 1 climbs on the route and cat. 2 climb which leads to the finish line. The last stage ends with 4 laps in Eggemoen, with the final meters going uphill (cat.3).
6 UCI World Tour teams confirmed their participation in Tour of Norway (Katusha, Sky, Lotto-Soudal, Tinkoff-Saxo, Orica-GreenEDGE, Trek Factory), 8 ProContinental, and 7 Scandinavian Continental teams.
Last year, the race was won by Maciej Paterski, who is now competing in the Giro d’Italia.
Lineup for Tour of Norway (20-24.05, kat.2HC): Davide Rebellin, Stefan Schumacher, Josef Cerny, Jan Hirt, Piotr Brożyna, Adrian Kurek
Program of the race:
20.05 – Stage 1 – Årnes – Sarpsborg (182k)
21.05 – Stage 2 – Drammen – Langesund (199k)
22.05 – Stage 3 – Skien – Rjukan (185k)
23.05 – Stage 4 – Rjukan – Geilo (167k)
24.05 – Stage 5 – Flå – Hønefoss (175k)