Seven riders at the start of Tour de Pologne
The Tour de Pologne will run between July 29 and August 4 and will be the main World Tour stage race between the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Starting in Krakow, the route will wind up completely in the southern parts of Poland and is designed to give opportunities to both sprinters and puncheurs. Seven stages with three uphill finishes with the classic queen stage climbing, after five-kilometer ascent, to Bukowina Tatrzanska.
The most important race in the Eastern Europe will have important news including having at the start all the teams with 7 riders instead of 8. The organizers’s choice anticipates what the UCI decided for the next season and wants to be a way to improve athletes’ safety and make the race less controllable and therefore more spectacular.
“There are no long climbs – says sports director Paolo Slongo – but it’s an interesting route where we can do well. Beginning with Vincenzo Nibali and Giovanni Visconti, but also in the sprint with Nicolò Bonifazio. The race will also be a valuable experience for the two young riders of the Team: Antonio Nibali and Domen Novak”.
Nibali is ready for the Polish transfer: “I return to races after the mountain training at Passo San Pellegrino. We have worked well and I’m going to Poland with a growing condition and then with the opportunity to get a good result in GC. This race will be my last test before the start of Vuelta in España “
Here the Team Bahrain Merida’s lineup for the Tour de Pologne: Vincenzo Nibali, Antonio Nibali, Manuele Boaro, Nicolò Bonifazio, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti and Giovanni Visconti