The Tour of Poland gets underway on Saturday and the 74th edition of this event will see riders complete 7 grueling road stages before the overall winner is determined in Bukowina Tatrzanski on Friday, August 4th.
Every stage of this year’s Tour of Poland will be constantly up and down with the final stage being particularly tough. Short and sharp climbs are littered all over the Polish countryside and it seems the race organisers have tried to include them all in this year’s event, which should make for an attacking and exciting race.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will look to Nathan Haas who thrives off such terrain to deliver a top result over the coming week of racing. Kristian Sbaragli, Natnael Berhane and our new Algerian road champion, Youcef Reguigui could each also be a factor depending on the race scenario. Completing our team will be Tyler Farrar, Ben O’Connor and Nic Dougall.
As a World Tour event, a top-quality field will take the start at the Tour of Poland but our African Team will be looking to collect a stage win before the race is over.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
Tour of Poland has somewhat of a new concept this year. There used be long stages and many options for the sprinters. This year it is quite different with shorter stages and a mostly hilly course. The final stage is very difficult so I think the GC teams will try to control the race until this last stage. A lot of the days’ end with these short climbs before the finish though so with the type of riders we have, Sbaragli, Haas and O’Connor, we have many options. To win a stage will be great for us.