One of the key races of the season for CCC Sprandi Polkowice, CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie held near the headquarter of the team’s sponsor, is around the corner.
We always aim to perform well in that event, since it’s very important to our title sponsor – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice explains. – Individual time trial is back in the race’s menu, so we decided to base our lineup on riders who are good time trialists and can also cope with short climbs. We’re counting on Jan Tratnik to showcase his full TT talent, but also other guys on the squad are capable of delivering great results here, at Grody.
Jan Tratnik is one of the world’s best TT specialists, which he has proven by finishing 10th in the world championships 2017 and taking a convincing win in TT stage of Coppi e Bartali 2018. He is also good in hilly terrain, so he could be viewed as one of the biggest GC favorites.
Other riders, such as Kamil Gradek, Mateusz Taciak, Szymon Sajnok and Amaro Antunes also know thing or two about racing against the clock. Portuguese, alongside Tratnik and Łukasz Owsian are expected to be up there on the climbs in the front, to battle for the overall success.
2015 GC winner of “Grody” and 4th in 2017, Paweł Bernas is in the lineup as well. His skills paired with experience gained in that event will be very valuable out on the course.
CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie will kick off with a prologue held on the streets of Legnica. This time though, it won’t be a typical criterium, but an elimination race, in which the last rider on each lap gets eliminated. The results won’t impact the overall standings but the winners will wear the leader jerseys of particular classifications.
First, proper day of racing will consist of two stages – morning 16,2km, flat time trial with the start and finish in Polkowice, and then, in the evening, undulating 97km stage from Polkowice to Głogów. Stage 3 from Pieszyce to Bielawa is the one, that all GC contenders will have their eyes on. There are six cat. 1 climbs to take on (Przełęcz Jugowskax2, Przełęcz Walimska, Przełęcz Woliborskax2, Przełęcz Srebrnogórska) and one cat. 2 (Przełęcz Sokoła).
Stage race will end with hilly route from Złotoryja to Jawor, which features three cat. 1 ascents (Stanisławów, Pomocne x2). The last one will be crucial for the final standings, since the top is just 15km from the finish and we should see lots of action in that uphill stretch.
CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie
10 May – prologue in Legnica
11 May – 1 Stage – Polkowice – Polkowice, 16,2 (ITT)
11 May – 2 Stage – Polkowice – Głogów, 97km
12 May – 3 Stage – Pieszyce – Bielawa, 140,2km
13 May – 4 Stage – Złotoryja – Jawor, 144,3km
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for CCC Tour – Grody Piastowskie (May 10-13th, 2.2): Jan Tratnik, Łukasz Owsian, Amaro Antunes, Paweł Bernas, Kamil Gradek, Mateusz Taciak, Szymon Sajnok.