Sports Director Piotr Wadecki believes the team’s line-up is well suited to the seven-day race and ready to perform on the flat and mountainous stages.
“We are very excited to race in front of the Polish fans, on our home roads and to represent our sponsor CCC in the most prestigious race in Poland. As the first Polish WorldTour team, we want to bring excitement to our supporters so, we will look to race aggressively, aiming for stage wins and keeping an eye on the General Classification. I believe we have a well-rounded line-up with opportunists, climbers, and sprinters who are capable of delivering a good result,” Wadecki explained.
“We are bringing three Polish riders to the race, who will be very motivated to do well on home soil. Kamil Gradek and Łukasz Owsian will be looking for opportunities in the breakaways while, Szymon Sajnok will try to go for the sprints in the first part of the race together with Jakub Mareczko, who has Polish roots. Serge Pauwels and Simon Geschke are coming out of the Tour de France and we saw that they were improving as the race went on so, they should be in good form and ready to battle for the overall. Amaro Antunes hasn’t raced since the Giro d’Italia but, he has had a solid block of training and will try to use his fresh legs on the mountain stages, which should suit him well.”
Sajnok, who will make his Tour de Pologne debut, is excited for the opportunity to race in front of his home fans.
“I’ve been preparing very hard for the Tour de Pologne, which is one of my biggest, if not the most important goal of the year. I’ve heard great things about the atmosphere and how the race is organized, therefore I’m even more excited to participate and showcase myself. It’s a dream of mine to win a stage here and I know I’m capable of doing that. The first three stages should suit me and I’m very motivated. I feel good after the Belgian races and I think that my altitude training in Livigno paid off. I will be fighting hard to proudly represent a Polish team at our home race,” Sajnok said.
Geschke, who just finished the Tour de France, is ready for another challenge.
“I’m actually still feeling good after the Tour de France and I’m excited to return to the Tour de Pologne, after taking part in this race in 2012. As a member of CCC Team, I look forward to participating in the team’s home race and I’m sure it will be a nice experience. I’m going there to have a strong week and hope to be in very good shape with the load of the Tour de France in my legs. I’ve seen in the past that some riders go very well at the Tour de Pologne after racing for three weeks in France. However, it can also go the opposite way, so I’m also being careful about not having too high expectations,” Geschke explained.
Tour de Pologne (3-8 August)
Rider roster: Amaro Antunes (POR), Simon Geschke (GER), Kamil Gradek (POL), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Szymon Sajnok (POL)
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)