CCC Sprandi Polkowice has designated strong, climbing roster for Czech Cycling Tour (2.1). Among the selected eight riders there are two Czechs, who will want to showcase their skills in front of their home fans.
Victor de la Parte, Felix Grossschartner, Jan Hirt and Davide Rebellin – all of them are able to claim top place in the overall standings. Due to lack of mountain top finish on the race’s menu it appears that Davide Rebellin has the biggest chances of taking the GC win. He indicated good form at Rad am Ring, where he finished 5th.
De la Parte has performed well in the previous stage races – took 11th in Tour de Suisse and 3rd in Tour of Austria. Grossschartner was 4th in the Croatian event and was getting stronger with every next race. Jan Hirt is the winner of Tour of Austria and the support of his Czech fans should give him an extra motivational boost. The exact leader of the team will be selected depending on the current GC standings and riders’ sensations.
The rest of the roster is also capable of delivering great results or being extremely valuable for the team. Nikolay Mihaylov smashed his opponents in the Sibiu Cycling Tour, held in July, so other teams should keep an eye on him. Sylwester Szmyd and Branislau Samoilau are both very solid climbers and can sacrifice for the leader. Josef Cerny will try to make his Czech fans happy, by getting in the breaks and breaking the field apart.
Czech Cycling Tour is a 4-stage event, which kicks off with undulating team time trial around Frydek Mistek (17,3m). Polkowice-based squad is one of the best ProContinental teams in that discipline, will try to take advantage of it and build up some time gap in GC. Mihaylov, Samoilau, de la Parte and Grossschartner have proven to be one of the strongest in the race against the clock.
After the TTT the riders will face the stage from Olomouc to Unicov. It features some climbing but all of it will be done earlier in the race. Final 50 kilometers are all flat and a bunch sprint finish is expected.
On the third day of competition, the peloton will go from Mohelnice to Sternbek and it looks to be the hardest stage of the race. There are 7 KOM’s to crest and the climb to Vidly (at 88,2km) seems to be the most demanding. It’s 8-9 kilometers long and ends at the altitude of almost 800 meters. Last 35 kilometers will be carried out on a short lap, with one punchy, categorized hill to Ecce Homo. The home straight is on the flat.
Last stage will start in Olomouc and after two KOMs inside the first 60km, the bunch will enter Dolany. This city will be the host of the final lap, with one short climb, which will be covered 9 times.
Program of the race:
Stage 1 (TTT) – Frydek – Mistek (17,3km)
Stage 2 – Olomouc – Unicov (177km)
Stage 3 – Mohelnice – Sternberk (187,4km)
Stage 4 – Olomouc – Dolany (157,1km)
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Czech Cycling Tour (11-14.08, 2.1): Jan Hirt, Josef Cerny, Davide Rebellin, Victor de la Parte, Felix Grossschartner, Sylwester Szmyd, Nikolay Mihaylov, Branislau Samoilau