CCC Sprandi Polkowice has named the roster for 74th edition of Tour de Pologne (29.07-4.08, 2.UWT). It includes Polish champion and Czech sensation of Giro d’Italia.
Many riders have been preparing for this event and were in exceptional form, but at the end of the day we had to pick those who will race in Tour de Pologne and those who will stay home. To choose the lineup was even harder this year, due to reduced teams to only 7 guys – Piotr Wadecki, DS of CCC Sprandi Polkowice explains.
We couldn’t imagine a roster for our national stage race, without our Polish champion, Adrian Kurek. After his brave and strong performance in Gdynia he earned himself a spot on the team and will present his new white-and-red jersey in Kraków. 12th in GC of Giro d’Italia, Jan Hirt and 12th in youth classification Michal Schlegel were spectacular in Italian mountains and we hope that they will do as well on the Polish climbs.
Alan Banaszek will be our man for the flat stages. Despite being only 19 years old he is already one of the fastest guys in the Polish peloton and we want to give him an opportunity to test himself among the World Tour sprinters.
Maciej Paterski, Frantisek Sisr and Jan Tratnik are all very strong riders, who can deliver a top result after a breakaway. They are motivated, in good shape and can sprint from smaller group on undulating stages.
We believe that this roster is well balanced and is able to put up a fight in every terrain – flat, hilly or mountainous. Our goal is to win a stage and to ride aggressively, so we can get onto the podium to receive the leader’s jersey of different classifications, on a regular basis.
2017 Tour de Pologne will kick off in Kraków, where in previous years the race usually ended. The profile is up-and-down but the first GC leader will most likely be named after a bunch sprint. That should also be the scenario the next day, when the peloton will roll from Tarnowskie Góry to Katowice. The finish line will be located by Spodek arena, where sprinters record their personal bests in terms of highest speed. Stage 3 will make first selection in the overall standings, since it features four cat. 1 climbs (twice to Salmopol and twice to Zameczek) as well as uphill finish in Szczyrk.
The following day (Zawiercie-Zabrze) will be an opportunity for sprinters to shine again, while breakaway specialists will mark day 5 of the race. It ends in Rzeszów, after tackling four categorized hills (three cat. 2 and one cat 3) in second part of the course.
Final two days of competition will be the crucial ones. Stage from Wieliczka to Zakopane includes as many as five cat. 1 climbs (Bystryk x2, Butorowy Wierch x2 and Głodówka) and a punchy finish. The “queen stage” will be held on the last day, when riders will face two 66-kilometer laps around Bukowina Tatrzańska. There are three cat. 1 ascents – Łapszanka, Sierockie and well known „Bukovina Slope” in Gliczarów – located on the loop and the overall winner of Tour de Pologne will be presented at the top of 3-kilometer uphill, finishing stretch.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour de Pologne (29.07-4.08, 2.UWT): Adrian Kurek, Maciej Paterski, Jan Hirt, Michal Schlegel, Jan Tratnik, Alan Banaszek, Frantisek Sisr
74th Tour de Pologne:
29 July, Stage 1 – Kraków – Kraków (137km)
30 July, Stage 2 – Tarnowskie Góry – Katowice (142km)
31 July, Stage 3 – Jaworzno – Szczyrk (161km)
1 August, Stage 4 – Zawiercie – Zabrze (238km)
2 August, Stage 5 – Olimp Nagawczyna – Rzeszów (130km)
3 August, Stage 6 – Wieliczka – Zakopane (199km)
4 August, Stage 7 – Bukovina Resort – Bukowina Tatrzańska (132km)