Carpathian Couriers Race is one of the most important events for U23 riders from CCC Sprandi Polkowice. 5 of them will be representing “orange colors” in this year’s edition.
Our U23 roster is well aligned so it’s hard to talk about the leaders for this race. Tomasz Brożyna, the sporting director, will decide on who the team will be supporting, after the first stages which will show who is the strongest and has the biggest chances for the overall success. All of the riders have done many races this season, and some have almost 2000 racing kilometers in their legs. They all proved that are capable of delivering good result. In the Hellena Tour, held few days ago, they were competing against riders from elite category and finished in top 35 in the GC, so they should be well prepared – Piotr Wadecki, team’s DS said.
Young CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders have shown this season signs of a good form. Jakub Jaczmarek was the strongest U23 runner in Sobotka and was twice top Polish finisher in the Italian one-day events held at the beginning of April. Eryk Latoń claimed two Top 5 places on the Hellena Tour stages, won the youth classification and the GP Czestochowa. Patryk Stosz (two-time “King of the Mountains” classification winner in Carpathian Couriers Race) and Michał Paluta were representing Poland in the Nations Cup U23. In Ronde van Vlaanderen Paluta took 17th – best place among the riders in white and red. Piotr Brożyna, current U23 Polish champion, was very aggressive in the season opener in Sobotka and his shape is improving with every week (was 3rd in GP Czestochowa).
Due to race regulations only 5-man teams are eligible to participate, so the youngest of “orange” espoirs, Kamil Małecki, won’t take part in the 6-day event.
Carpathian Couriers Race is one of the most prestigious events for U23 category in the Central Europe. It consists of 5 stages plus a short prologue. The route goes through 4 countries – Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary. Last year it was won by Austrian, Gregor Muhlberger
Program of the race:
28.04 – prologue – Tarnów, 1,8km (ITT)
29.04 – stage 1 – Tarnów – Ciężkowice, 131km
30.04 – stage 2 – Zapora Niedzica – Jabłonka, 129 km
1.05 – stage 3 – Stará Bystrica – Bytča, 126 km
2.05 – stage 4 – Dohňany – Nové Mesto nad Váhom, 140 km
3.05 – stage 5 – Pápa – Veszprém, 135 km