Monday, 3rd August 2020 – The 77th Tour de Pologne will take place from 5th to 9th August. The traditional race is a true challenge for both – sprinters and climbers – and our riders are looking forward to stretching their legs through the beautiful Poland landscape.
The opening stage covers 195.8 km. It starts from the Slaski Stadium and ends with three 16 km rounds in Katowice and a finish fight for the positions at Katowice’s Spodek Arena. The second stage (Opole – Zabrze) will be another stage where team trains will dominate the last kilometres, and sprinters will fight in nice flat finish laps, with straight and wide last kilometer. The next two stages will be perfect for climbers with seven Mountain Primes on the third stage and a beautiful mountain route through Bukovina Resort on the fourth one. On Sunday, August 9th, the Tour de Pologne will end in Krakow, the main cultural, artistic, and university center of Poland. The last stage will cover 188 km routes, including the 1st cat. Mountain Prime Krowiarki and two 2nd cat. Mountain Primes Ząb and Góra Makowska.
Vladimir Miholjevič, Sports Director said: “First and second stages are relatively simple sprinters’ stages until the final laps but they always depend on the windy conditions. Third and fourth stages are best for the punchy climbers where it is important that sprinters’ groups stay focused and determined on bringing GC leader Wout in a good position before the finishing. The last, fifth stage is a sprinter’s stage. Our leader will be Mark Cavendish and the team will be focused to lead out him on all of the three sprinters’ stages. GC leader Wout should perform well on third and especially on the fourth stage as an expert for the narrow steep climbs. Expectations are high in the sprinter’s stages as well as the General Classification.”
Wout Poels, who will be the GC leader at Tour de Pologne added: “First of all I am looking forward to race again after such a long period. I have some good memories on Tour de Pologne with a stage win and 3rd place in General Classification two years ago. I have trained well in the last few months and I feel ready to race. This race always has a few really hard stages where we normally fight for the GC. I feel good and look forward to pin some numbers on and excited to be back in the peloton again.”
Line up for Tour de Pologne: Mark Cavendish / Heinrich Haussler / Fred Wright / Phil Bauhaus / Marcel Siberg / Mark Padun / Wout Poels
The Czech Tour 2020 will take place from 6th to 9th August. The opening stage will be the 18km Team Time Trial on the streets of the small town of Uničov. This year’s edition of the Czech race also includes three more undulating stages around the Olomoucký and Moravian-Slesian region.
Sports Director Tim Harris “The Czech Tour is a tough race with a very demanding hilly route. We have an excellent physical condition and several riders who can get good results starting from Jan Tratnik (3rd overall in 2017), Grega Bole, Yukiya Arashiro and Luka Pibernik. It will also be a very special moment for Stephen Williams, who returns to competitions after almost a year and a half since the last race. His goal will be to find again the feeling with the race. “
Line up for Czech Tour: Yukiya Arashiro/ Domen Novak / Luka Pibernik / Grega Bole / Jan Tratnik / Stephen Williams