Gazprom – RusVelo is to compete in the prestigious Tour de Pologne
On the July 29th – August 4th Russian cycling team Gazprom – RusVelo will compete in Tour de Pologne.
Polish race has a rich history and is considered the most admired cycling event in Eastern Europe. 1928 – is a year when Tour de Pologne started its path and since 1952 the race has been organized annually. Steadily forging ahead the contest rose to the highest level and became a part of UCI World Tour in 2005.
Riders are to cross the starting line in Krakow and cover the total distance of 1122 kilometres in seven racing days. The altimetry enables riders of different profiles to succeed in Tour de Pologne. The first, second and fourth stages are certainly appealing for sprinters and breakaway specialists, whereas all-rounders and climbers will have their glory time in the remaining racing days. The distribution of the top places in GC will be highly dependent on results of the royal stage on the last day of competition, which will be a true feast of mountains with six first category climbs.
Tour de Pologne is one of the central races for Gazprom – RusVelo in the second part of the season. In 2014 the team made a debut in the UCI World Tour contest precisely at the Polish race. Main hopes of Gazprom – RusVelo for the 74th edition of Tour de Pologne are on Roman Maikin, Alexander Porsev and Alexey Tsatevich, who are to justify their sprinting abilities on the flat stages. Experienced Sergey Lagutin and Ivan Rovny will target the mountainous stages, whilst Pavel Brutt and Evgeny Shalunov are to support sprinters and show their strengths in breakaways.
Roman Maikin feels nostalgic about the race: “I do have good memories from Tour de Pologne, three years ago it was our debut in the WT contest in Poland and I remember the pre-start excitement and anxiety. However, already on the first stage we demonstrated a great performance and I made it to the second place. It was a crucial moment when we realized that the team is prepared to confront the strongest squads. That’s why, it feels great to come back to this race. Throughout the season, our sprinters’ train definitely became more coordinated and powerful, so we have good chances to compete for the victory.”
Gazprom – RusVelo line-up: Pavel Brutt, Roman Maikin, Sergey Lagutin, Evgeny Shalunov, Ivan Rovny, Alexander Porsev, Alexey Tsatevich.