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68a  Tour de Pologne
68th Tour de Pologne
Cycling: Poland [Tour de Pologne, Poland, UCI World Tour]
Friday, 31th July to 06th August 2011 - Kickoff 17:30

Tour de Pologne, the road bicycle race, is the most prestigious Polish sport event, with an 80-year tradition. The first Tour de Pologne took place in September 1928. 71 cyclists participated in that race. The first race was organized by the Warsaw Cycling Society and the "Przeglad Sportowy" newspaper. From the very beginning, the race was regarded as one of the largest sports events in Poland. The tradition of the race was revived after World World II in 1947. Until 1992 it was organized as an amateur race.

Defending champion Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervélo) will lead the charge in the 2011 edition of the Tour de Pologne, but faces stiff opposition in the seven day race.

The 24 year old Irishman has been building form to prepare for the event, and took tenth place on a stage of the recent Brixia Tour. He will be joined by a number of team-mates including Christophe Le Mevel and Heinrich Haussler.

They will be up against a range of big names, with Giro d’Italia podium finishers Michele Scarponi (Lampre ISD) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) two big challengers. The former will be joined by the strong Polish rider Przemysław Niemiec, while the latter’s squad will include the successful young Slovakian rider Peter Sagan.

Former world champion Alessandro Ballan and Mauro Santambrogio will represent the hopes of the BMC Racing Team, which is on a morale high after Cadel Evans’ win in the Tour de France. The duo have been under pressure due to their implication in the Mantova investigation, but will aim to put those thoughts to one side and ride well in Poland.

Katusha is sending three strong riders, namely Filippo Pozzato, Luca Paolini and Danilo di Luca. Pozzato is understood to be leaving the team and may be determined to prove a point after being passed over for Tour selection.

Tom Boonen also wants to prove a point, but that is not related to his Quick Step team, but rather his enforced withdrawal from the Tour due to injury. He will want to get back to winning form as soon as possible, and Poland could give him the opportunity to do just that.

More strong riders lined up:

Peter Velits, who finished a strong 19th in the Tour de France, is listed to start, although it remains to be seen if he will indeed line out in the HTC Highroad selection. The team will be a contender either way, with Kanstantsin Sivtsov also capable of a big result.

Recent Tour of Austria winner Frederik Kessaikoff will join Robert Kiserlowski and Enrico Gasparotto on the Astana team. Giro d’Italia best young rider Kevin Seeldraeyers will accompany Boonen on the Quick Step team, Peter Kennaugh and Ian Stannard will represent Sky Procycling, and Fabian Wegmann plus Austrian Thomas Rohregger will be in the colours of Team Leopard Trek.

Others taking part are Tiago Machado and Manuel Cardoso (RadioShack), Marzio Bruseghin, Fran Ventoso and Pablo Lastras (Movistar), Roman Feillu, Michal Golas and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil), Rinado Nocentini, Christophe Riblon and Sebastien Hinault (Ag2r la Mondiale), Graeme Brown (Rabobank), Paxi Vila (De Rosa Flaminia), plus the Polish Saxo Bank SunGard duo Jaroslaw Marycz and Rafal Majka.

In 1993, a new chapter began in the history of Tour de Pologne. Czeslaw Lang, the 1980 Olympics silver medallist and the precursor of Polish professional cycling, invested his own money in the struggling venture. In a short time it became a world class event. International cycling stars started to appear among the professional teams participating in the Tour, such as Maurizio Fondriest, Pawel Tonkov, Peter Lutenberger, Adriano Baffi, Andy Hampsten, Marco Pantani, Jewgienij Bierzin, Dmitri Konyshev, Marcus Zberg, Jens Voigt, Peter van Petegem, Tom Steels, Jaan Kirsipuu, Alexander Vinocourov, Chris Boardman, Stuart O'Grady, Danilo Di Luca, as well as the best Polish riders - Zbigniew Spruch, Zenon Jaskula and Dariusz Baranowski.
The Krakow stage closes the tour on 6th August!.

Every year the Tour de Pologne in particular attracts the attention of the media, fans and TV viewers. From this year belongs to the cycle of TdP UCI World Tour, which includes the 14 largest multi-stage races. For this reason, at the start of viewers will see the world's 18 best teams, plus four teams that received "wild card." During this year's edition of TdP fans will see the largest number of Polish cyclists in history. These will include, inter alia, members of the team Liquigas-Cannondale Maciej Maciej Bodnar and Paterski and riding in the team colors Radioschack Michal Kwiatkowski.

The leadership team Lampre-ISD occurs Przemyslaw Germany. The "wild card" among other things, the organizers awarded the Polish national team and a team of CCC Polkowice. The last Pole, who won the TdP was Cezary Zaman, who made ​​this art in 2003. - This year's Tour de Pologne tour arranged by Czeslaw Lang and Leszek Piasecki is very dynamic. Flat Stages count less miles and are played in the cities, which will be difficult to escape, hilly and mountain stages are very demanding.

I like the gradation of difficulty. So start for the sprinters (Warsaw, Dabrowa Mining, Katowice), then gradually increasing the difficulty - hilly Cieszyn (with fragments of pavement), and of mountains - Zakopane, Poland, Bukowina Tatranska, where the race should be resolved, and for dessert again showcase for sprinters - in Krakow. This trail riders prefer riding a well-racing classic, which are able to ride in the mountains, and at the finish after a busy effectively distance.

Stars are the heroes of the Giro d'Italia - Vincenzo Nibali and Michele Scarponi, but other big names in the peloton 68th Tour de Pologne is no shortage, that's even Tom Boonen.

The Polish attracts young wolves, who will have four stages of possibilities. In the race, since he was among the ProTour, will start a record number of Poles. I hope that Przemyslaw Germany (Lampre), Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank), Michal Golas (Vacansolei), Bartosz Huzarski (Polish National Team), Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat) will join the fight for top positions. It will be interesting for sure, as I have the pleasure of talking with Dariusz Baranowski.

Stages 68th Tour de Pologne: Stage, July 31: Pruszków - Warsaw (flat) - Stage II, August 1, Czestochowa - Dąbrowa Mining (flat) - Stage III, 2 August: Będzin - Katowice (flat) - IV stage, 3 August: Auschwitz - Cieszyn (hilly) - V Stage, August 4: Zakopane - Zakopane (mountain) - VI stage, August 5: Terma Bukowina Tatranska - Bukowina Tatra (mountain) - Stage VII, August 6: Krakow - Krakow (flat) Source.

Etapa 1 > Pruszkow - Warszawa
31 Julio / 101.50 kilometer / Inicio: 11:25
Parcours:Flat stage / Flat arrival

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1 Agosto / 162.00 kilometer / Inicio: 15:00
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Etapa 3 > Bedzin - Katowice
2 Agosto / 136.00 kilometer / Inicio: 15:30
Parcours:Flat stage / Ascending arrival

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Etapa 4 > Oswiecim - Cieszyn
3 Agosto / 177.00 kilometer / Inicio: 12:40
Parcours:Hill stage / Descending arrival

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Etapa 5 > Zakopane - Zakopane
4 Agosto / 201.50 kilometer / Inicio: 13:55
Parcours:Mountain stage / Arrival with climb

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5 Agosto / 208.00 kilometer / Inicio: 13:45
Parcours:Mountain stage / Arrival with climb

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Etapa 7 > Kraków - Kraków
6 Agosto / 128.00 kilometer / Inicio: 15:40
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Lista startowa 68. Tour de Pologne UCI World Tou

Team Garmin - Cervélo

1.Daniel Martin Irlandia
2.Michel Kreder Holandia
3.Christophe Le Mevel Francja
4.Heinrich Haussler Australia
5.Martijn Maaskant Holandia
6.Thomas Peterson USA
7.Andrew Talansky USA
8.Sep Van Marcke Belgia

Liquigas - Cannondale

11.Valerio Agnoli Włochy
12.Alan Marangoni Włochy
13.Maciej Bodnar Polska
14.Eros Capecchi Włochy
15.Dominik Nerz Niemcy
16.Vincenzo Nibali Włochy
17.Maciej Paterski Polska
18.Peter Sagan Słowacja

Lampre - ISD

21.Przemysław Niemiec Polska
22.Michele Scarponi Włochy
23.Oleksandr Kvachuk Ukraina
24.Marco Marzano Włochy
25.Daniele Righi Włochy
26.Alessandro Spezialetti Włochy
27.Simon Spilak Słowenia
28.Diego Ulissi Włochy

Quick Step Cycling Team

31.Dario Cataldo Włochy
32.Francesco Chicchi Włochy
33.Marc De Maar Curacao
34.Davide Malacarne Włochy
35.Francesco Reda Włochy
36.Kevin Seeldraeyers Belgia
37.Tom Boonen Belgia
38.Kristof Van De Walle Belgia

Team Katusha

41.Arkimedes Arguelyes Rosja
42.Giampaolo Caruso Włochy
43.Petr Ignatenko Rosja
44.Danilo Di Luca Włochy
45.Luca Paolini Włochy
46.Alexandre Pliuschin Mołdawia
47.Filippo Pozzato Włochy
48.Nikolai Trussov Rosja

Saxo Bank SunGard

51.Jarosław Marycz Polska
52.David Tanner Australia
53.Jonas Aaen Jörgensen Dania
54.Juan Jose Haedo Argentyna
55.Manuele Boaro Włochy
56.Rafał Majka Polska
57.Lucas Sebastian Haedo Argentyna
58.Laurent DidierLuksemburg


61.Michael Albasini Szwajcaria
62.John Degenkolb Niemcy
63.Caleb Fairly USA
64.Leigh Howard Australia
65.Alex Rasmussen Dania
66.Kanstantsin Sivtsov Białoruś
67.Gatis Smukulis Łotwa
68.Martin Velits Słowacja

Leopard - Trek Team

71.William Clarke Australia
72.Dominic Klemme Niemcy
73.Giacomo Nizzolo Włochy
74.Thomas Rohregger Austria
75.Tom Stamsnijder Holandia
76.Bruno Manuel Silva Pires Portugalia
77.Davide Vigano Włochy
78.Fabian Wegmann Niemcy

BMC Racing Team

81.Alessandro Ballan Włochy
82.Chad Beyer USA
83.Christopher Butler USA
84.Alexander Kristoff Norwegia
85.John Murphy USA
86.Mauro Santambrogio Włochy
87.Timothy Roe Australia
88.Danilo Wyss Szwajcaria

Sky ProCycling

91.Kjell Carlström Finlandia
92.Stephen Cummings Wielka Brytania
93.Chris Froome Kenia
94.Peter Kennaugh Wielka Brytania
95.Thomas Lövkvist Szwecja
96.Lars Petter Nordhaug Norwegia
97.Morris Possoni Włochy
98.Ian Stannard Wielka Brytania

Pro Team Astana

101.Assan Bazayev Kazachstan
102.Simon Clarke Australia
103.Alexsandr Dyachenko Kazachstan
104.Enrico Gasparotto Włochy
105.Valentin Iglinskiy Kazachstan
106.Robert Kiserlovski Chorwacja
107.Evgeni Petrov Rosja
108.Frederik Kessiakoff Szwecja

Omega Pharma-Lotto

111.Jan Bakelants Belgia
112.Adam Blythe Wielka Brytania
113.Bart De Clercq Belgia
114.Francis De Greef Belgia
115.Adam Hansen Australia
116.Oscar Pujol Hiszpania
117.Vicente Reynes Mimo Hiszpania
118.Jussi Veikkanen Finlandia

Rabobank Cycling Team

121.Graeme Brown Australia
122.Stef Clement Holandia
123.Jos Van Emden Holandia
124.Rick Flens Holandia
125.Paul Martens Niemcy
126.Michael Matthews Australia
127.Tom Jelte Slagter Holandia
128.Dennis Van Winden Holandia

Team RadioShack

131.Matthew Busche USA
132.Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso Portugalia
133.Sam Bewley Nowa Zelandia
134.Michał Kwiatkowski Polska
135.Geoffroy Lequatre Francja
136.Tiago Jose Pinto Machado Portugalia
137.Nelson Felipe Santos Oliveira Portugalia
138.Ivan Rovny Rosja


141.Koldo Fernandez De Larrea Hiszpania
142.Miguel Minguez Ayala Hiszpania
143.Pierre Cazaux Francja
144.Daniel Sesma Sorbet Hiszpania
145.Francisco Javier Aramendia Hiszpania
146.Jonathan Nicolas Castroviejo Hiszpania
147.Jorge Azanza Soto Hiszpania
148.Ion Izagirre Insausti Hiszpania

Movistar Team

151.Marzio Bruseghin Włochy
152.Ignatas Konovalovas Litwa
153.Vasil Kiryienka Białoruś
154.Angel Madrazo Ruiz Hiszpania
155.Carlos Ivan Oyarzun Chile
156.Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez Hiszpania
157.Branislau Samoilau Białoruś
158.Ruebn Plaza Molina Hiszpania

Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

161.Matteo Carrara Włochy
162.Stijn Devolder Belgia
163.Romain Feillu Francja
164.Michał Gołaś Polska
165.Martijn Keizer Holandia
166.Sergey Lagutin Uzbekistan
167.Marco Marcato Włochy
168.Wout Poels Holandia

Ag2r - La Mondiale

171.Rinaldo Nocentini Włochy
172.Maxime Bouet Francja
173.Steve Houanard Francja
174.Ben Gastauer Luksemburg
175.Matteo Montaguti Włochy
176.Mathieu Perget Francja
177.Anthony Ravard Francja
178.Christophe Riblon Francja

Skil - Shimano

181.Thierry Hupond Francja
182.Mathieu Sprick Francja
183.Johannes Fröhlinger Niemcy
184.Albert Timmer Holandia
185.Tom Veelers Holandia
186.Simon Geschke Niemcy
187.Ji Cheng Chiny
188.Marcel Kittel Niemcy

De Rosa - Ceramica Flaminia

191.Paolo Bailetti Włochy
192.Federico Rocchetti Włochy
193.Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea Hiszpania
194.Giorgio Brambilla Włochy
195.Michele Merlo Włochy
196.Gianluca Maggiore Włochy
197.Matteo Fedi Włochy
198.Fabio Piscopiello Włochy

CCC Polsat - Polkowice

201.Marek Rutkiewicz Polska
202.Jacek Morajko Polska
203.Jose Pimenta Costa Mendes Portugalia
204.Tomasz Marczyński Polska
205.Mateusz Taciak Polska
206.Błażej Janiaczyk Polska
207.Bartłomiej Matysiak Polska
208.Łukasz Bodnar Polska

Reprezentacja Polski

211.Bartosz Huzarski Polska
212.Jarosław Dąbrowski Polska
213.Paweł Cieślik Polska
214.Paweł Bernas Polska
215.Kamil Gradek Polska
216.Piotr Gawroński Polska
217.Adrian Kurek Polska
218.Michał Podlaski Polska

Before thinking about later, so there is a program to honor, which goes through the Tour of Spain. But first place in the Tour of Poland. It's Sunday it starts. The two Italians are among the headliners, they chose the same race as a springboard to the Iberian Peninsula, although the atmosphere and profiles of the two tests are far from similar. A step to test: that of the Tatra Mountains, with a circuit terminals 43 drawn around Zakopane. This will be primarily to get fit and feel of the competition. For Nibali is a radical change of approach, that of last year having been successful yet. He ran San Sebastian, Getxo and Burgos, before returning to Italy with the Three Valleys Varesina, the Coppa Bernocchi and Melinda Trophy. Europe Tour events. There may be the explanation: Nibali would run it after the World Tour points?

Hard to say because the shark as the thirteenth in the standings after the Tour de France. For Scarponi, for cons, obviously. And it could be a good PR move for the Tour of Poland if we said at the end of the year that the Italian has built its success on this final race. Next week there will be 100 points and to offer the winner. Scarpo already has 348 and is fourth behind Evans, Contador and Gilbert. If he does not score in San Sebastian, he may double. And closer to Contador. With the Tour of Spain looming, the capital may swell. Not to mention the Tour of Lombardy at the very end of the season, where the traditional native of the Marche region had finished second last year behind ... Gilbert. Prepare to take out the calculators.