Very young, but ambitious lineup is heading up north, to participate in the 5-day stage event – Tour of Norway (17-21 May, 2.HC). Three years ago it was won by Maciej Paterski.
Tour of Norway is held in undulating terrain, and stage 1 and 3 seem to be the hardest. Riders will tackle uphill finish to Asker, to open the competition. Big time gaps are not expected there, but field should stretch out in the finale and first seconds can be gained on that day. Stage 3 also ends with a punchy hill (in Lillehammer) and the winner may come from a reduced group, shattered 20km earlier, on cat. 1 climb.
It’s hard to talk about favorites for particular stages, since the course of all of them gives opportunity to both – sprinters and aggressive all-rounders. In addition to that, also unpredictable weather may play a role in the outcome of the race.
The “orange squad” has selected lineup which is filled with breakaway-minded riders, as everyone from the 6-man roster – Michał Paluta, Adrian Kurek, Piotr Brożyna, Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki, Jakub Kaczmarek – is known for his powerful attacks. Very young team will show up at the start, since 5 riders are under 24 years of age and the oldest Adrian Kurek is still only 29 years old.
Tour of Norway 2017
17 May, Stage 1 – Hønefoss – Asker (169km)
18 May, Stage 2 – Eidsvoll – Brumunddal (194km)
19 May, Stage 3 – Hamar – Lillehammer (192km)
20 May, Stage 4 – Lillestrøm – Sarpsborg (192km)
21 May, Stage 5 – Moss – Moss (153km)
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Tour of Norway (2.HC, 17-21 May): Michał Paluta, Adrian Kurek, Piotr Brożyna, Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki, Jakub Kaczmarek