Two 2017 Polish champions, Adrian Kurek and Piotr Brożyna, will take on Race of Solidarity and the Olympians (2.2), which kicks off on Wednesday (28th of June).
Outside this duo, winner of elite road race and U23 individual time trial in the Nationals which took place in Gdynia, the team has selected four other riders. Alan Banaszek will be the team’s main sprinter, while Jonas Koch and Frantisek Sisr will try to go for top result if a smaller group arrives at the line. The lineup also includes Mateusz Taciak, who will be an extremely important domestique.
Race of Solidarity and the Olympians will start off with two stages held on the same day. For the first time the gun will fire off in Łódź. From there the peloton will head to Zduńska Wola, covering 86,8 kilometers. There will be two GPMs on the afternoon stage from Tomaszów Mazowiecki to Kielce – in Czarniecka Góra and Komorów. From the top of the latter there is 35km left to the finish.
Stage 3 will be the longest, with 211, relatively flat kilometers from Radom to Stalowa Wola on the menu (KOM in Sandomierz with 56km to go).
The penultimate day of racing should be the decisive one in terms of final general classification. The field will start in Mielec and finish in Krosno (169,4km), cresting four categorized climbs along the way – Żarnowa, Czarnorzeki and Zamek Kamieniec (twice). Whoever is in the front group on the last summit, will be in a good position to take the stage and overall win, since it’s located just 7km from the line.
The battle of sprinters will wrap the race, as stage Świdnik-Lublin is all flat (164km) and should end with a bunch gallop.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Race of Solidarity and the Olympians (2.2, 28.06-1.07): Adrian Kurek, Piotr Brożyna, Frantisek Sisr, Jonas Koch, Mateusz Taciak, Alan Banaszek
28 June – stage 1 – Łódź – Zduńska Wola, 86,8km
28 June – stage 2 – Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Kielce, 121,3km
29 June – stage 3 – Radom – Stalowa Wola, 211,1km
30 June – stage 4 – Mielec – Krosno, 169,4km
1 July – stage 5 – Świdnik – Lublin, 164,1km