The Tour de France may still be in full swing but already, the next World Tour race is upon us. The Tour of Poland gets underway tomorrow and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are looking forward to competing in the 7 stage race for the first time.
This year’s Tour of Poland will be the 73rd edition of the race and our African Team are happy to be representing our partners and Qhubeka in a new country for the first time. The Tour of Poland is always a very difficult race with 7 out of the 8 stages being classified as medium mountainous and the final stage being a 25km time trial.
The competition, being a World Tour event, is assured to be of the highest level and then some. Riders who were on the Tour de France long list but didn’t make the final Tour selection will no doubt line up in Poland. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will send a strong team with a variety of attributes so that we can be competitive on each stage.
Our new double Belarussian champion, Kanstantsin Siutsou will lead the way for our African Team and Adrien Niyonshuti will also get to show off his new Rwandan national time trial jersey on the Tour of Poland final stage. Kristian Sbaragli and Youcef Reguigui will be our two sprint options for the race and Matt Brammeier, Omar Fraile, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Songezo Jim complete our team.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
The Tour of Poland is a good race which gives different riders the opportunity to achieve success. Sprinters, climbers and TT specialists will all get their chance this week. As a World Tour event it will be another difficult race with an all-round high quality number of riders. We will look for our opportunities in the varying terrain for different riders to go for stage victories.