Paweł Franczak joins CCC Sprandi Polkowice

CCC Sprandi Polkowice continue to strengthen the team for next season, signing Paweł Franczak. He has agreed to a 1-year deal.

We were very keen on signing another fast rider, who is capable of finishing in top 5’s after a sprint. Paweł is definitely in that group – Piotr Wadecki, DS of CCC Sprandi Polkowice explains. – He is a very dynamic rider, who can find a good spot in the bunch in the finishing meters. With him on the roster and other fast guys such as Alan Banaszek, Marko Kump, Jonas Koch, Frantisek Sisr and Jan Tratnik we can play different cards in the sprints.

We’ve competed against him on many occasions, so we know him and his capabilities very well. He was always up there with the fastest in the Polish events and was able to claim top 10’s in Tour de Pologne.

Paweł Franczak is 26-years old. He’s been a Pro since 2013 and so far has been racing only for Polish teams. During his cycling career he claimed wins in Puchar Uzdrowisk Karpackich, Memoriał Henryka Łasaka, Ślężański Mnich and was the silver medalist in Polish championship road race in Sobótka.  Franczak’s resume includes countless number of top 5 places – among them there is 3rd in GC in Tour of Estonia, 2nd in Race of Solidarity and the Olympians and 2nd on the stage of Tour of Croatia.

In his 5 years in professional peloton, he always made the Polish National Team for Tour de Pologne. He took 8th place in the stages on two occasions – in 2017 in Cracow and in 2015 in Katowice.

First of all I would like to thank my current team Hurom, the main sponsor Marcin Pec and team’s director Andrzej Sypytkowski. Thanks to them I was able to continue my cycling career, despite some obstacles – Paweł Franczak explains.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice is the best team in Poland and one of the best in Europe. Due to quality of the squad, well organized structure and modern infrastructure it’s the go-to team for many riders. Thus, I’m very happy that I will join the roster.  

CCC Sprandi Polkowice has very good race program, which gives the riders opportunity to show themselves, develop and take another step forward. We will have a strong roster and we won’t have to worry about the chemistry on the team. I know most of the riders and I think it’s an ambitious and talented group of people.

I hope I will be able to repay for sponsor’s and management’s trust with great results. I’ve never been so motivated before the season, as I am this time.

I like tough sprints and during winter I would like to work on my climbing skills. I’m a light rider and I think I have the capabilities to do well in hard, classic races, held in undulating terrain. There are few fast guys on the team and that’s one of our biggest strengths. We will be able to send well-balanced, strong lineups to almost every race we take part in.

It definitely won’t be a problem for me to sometimes play the role of a lead-out man. The season is long and everything will pan out as the year goes on and everyone will have their opportunities to shine. I know Alan Banaszek very well and recently I got to know Marko Kump. We started off on the right foot and I like his approach. I raced against him few times in the past, for example in Croatia, when he won a stage and I finished behind him, in 2nd.