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Title: Tour de Pologne
Post by: search on August 02, 2019, 08:44
Tour de Pologne

The Tour of Poland takes place this this week, and there will be a total of 7 stages. On Saturday, August 3rd, the "Grand Depart" will kick things off from Krakow, the historical and cultural capital of Poland. The final finish line on Friday, August 9th, will be set up in Bukowina Tatrzanska, in the heart of the Tatra Mountains, so the finale will feature lots of climbs. In between there will be plenty of fantastic sprints, spectacular climbing arrivals and terrain that will be perfect for breaks

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"We’ve designed a route that follows tradition but also introduces plenty of new elements. The first two days, with the arrivals in Krakow and Katowice, will be dedicated to the sprinters. Things will start to heat up in the third stage; like we did in 2018, we will set off from the Slaski stadium in Chorzów, but this year the show will be more elaborate, as the group will ride a lap around the city circuit and then do another lap inside the stadium. The fourth stage will definitely offer the biggest surprise. In fact, this fraction will feature an all-new arrival for the Tour de Pologne; the climb to the finish line at Kocierz is a steep wall, about 1 km long with gradients of more than 20%. This gruelling climb promises to be spectacular as the riders go all in and discover how far they can push their limits. The fifth stage will return to the finish line in Bielsko-Biala, where the sprinters will have to pay close attention if they want to win; in fact, last year it was Kwiato himself who came out ahead here with a fantastic victory. Then there is the sixth stage in Zakopane, which has been laid out on a new route rendered even more spectacular with an excruciating final climb about 4 km from the arrival. It will be the perfect launch pad for anyone who wants to plan an all-out attack. As always, the seventh and final stage will be the grand finale on the challenging circuit in Bukowina Tatrzanska, the perfect terrain for whoever will have enough strength left in their legs to come up with a winning strategy," explained Czeslaw Lang, organizer of the race.

Stage 1: 3/08 Kraków – Kraków / 136 km
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Stage 2: 4/08 Tarnowskie Góry – Katowice / 153 km
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Stage 3: 5/08 Stadion Slaski, Chorzów – Zabrze / 157 km
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Stage 4: 6/08 Jaworzno – Slaskie, Kocierz / 173 km
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Stage 5: 7/08 Kopalnia Soli „Wieliczka” – Bielsko-Biala / 154 km
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Stage 6: 8/08 Malopolska, Zakopane - Zakopane / 155 km
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stage 7: 9/08 BUKOVINA Resort – Bukowina Tatrzanska / 132.5 km
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The Polish National team, and team Gazprom – RusVelo, along with team Cofidis and Novo Nordisk are the four teams that have received wild card invitations from organizers to take part in the race together with the 18 World Tour teams that will participate by right in the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne.

The race will be broadcast every day on Polish television (by TVP SPORT and TVP 1 channels) and by EUROSPORT ( EUROSPORT 1 channel), the most widespread sports television network in the world, visible in 59 countries.
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: search on August 02, 2019, 08:58
Looks like the Bukowina stage is quite a bit easier than usually, but with the new, fairly hard stage to Gubalowka the day before, it should be okay, I guess.

Stage 4 is a new finish as well, 1k @15%, than ~2k of false flat to the line
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: LukasCPH on August 02, 2019, 15:15
The Tour of Poland takes place this this week, and there will be a total of 7 stages. On Saturday, August 3rd, the "Grand Depart" will kick things off from Krakow, the historical and cultural capital of Poland. The final finish line on Friday, August 9th, will be set up in Bukowina Tatrzanska, in the heart of the Tatra Mountains, so the finale will feature lots of climbs. In between there will be plenty of fantastic sprints, spectacular climbing arrivals and terrain that will be perfect for breaks
This looks like a decent parcours, and I understand the decision to concentrate the race in a region with hilly terrain.

But when every part of the race route is within 150 km from Kraków, it's less of a "Tour de Pologne" and more of a "Tour de Silésie et Petite-Pologne"[1]. ;)
 1. The region around Kraków is called Malopolska; in English, it's Lesser Poland, in French, Petite-Pologne.
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: search on August 07, 2019, 08:05
It's not easy for anyone, I guess, but after three sprint stages and the one to honor Bjorg Lambrecht, the Tour de Pologne continues with the fight for the overall victory now.

Currently #bora Pascal Ackermann holds the #yellow yellow jersey after two stage wins in three days (one of them after Jakobsen - rightfully - was relegated):





Today's finish in Bielsko-Biala is a fairly tough one, basically offering opportunities for all kind of riders:



The same one was used last year, and the Top 15 did see a good mixture of sprinters, puncheurs and gc riders back then:



Kwiatkowski and Teuns are not in the race this time, but Battaglin, Ackermann and Gasparotto are. Also guys like Ulissi, Prades, Swift or maybe van Poppel (although he finishes last in 2018) should like this finish, if it comes to a sprint for the win
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: Mellow Velo on August 07, 2019, 11:33
 Lotto are on today's startline.
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: search on August 07, 2019, 15:56
the Top 15 did see a good mixture of sprinters, puncheurs and gc riders back then

...same as today:



#movistar Prades came from miles behind. Looks like he finally found some shape. Impressive from #mitchelton Mezgec though, didn't expect that
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: search on August 09, 2019, 09:33
that was a fun stage yesterday, hard racing right from the start, and with not much of a break in between. #jumbo Vingegaard's win was a bit of a surprise of course, but it just looked like he was the strongest rider of the day



He'll need to defend his lead on the usual Bukovina finish today. The stage itself is way easier than in the past years though. Here are the final 100k or so:



The climb to Rzepisca is tough, but with ~25k to to go it probably comes a bit too early to go on the attack. The Sciana Bukovina climb, where Yates went for his winning move last year, is not in the race this time.

it could still be a fun stage again though. Especially if there's a strong breakaway
Title: Re: Tour de Pologne
Post by: Leadbelly on August 10, 2019, 18:44
https://twitter.com/JumboVismaRoad/status/1159878098332114944

Just a "bad day" for Jonas.