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Cycling: Countdown to 77th Tour de Pologne

02.07.2020 08:15
Dozens of riders from various countries are expected to take part in Poland’s largest cycling race, the Tour de Pologne, which will be held next month, officials have confirmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang.
Tour de Pologne race director Czesław Lang.Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak

The scaled-down five-stage 891-kilometre long race will start in the city of Chorzów in the south of the country on August 5. It will end in the historic city of Kraków on August 9.

The first leg of the annual event will see cyclists cover a 195.8 km route starting in Chorzów and ending in Katowice in Poland’s southern Silesia region, race director Czesław Lang told reporters on Wednesday.

The remaining stages of the 77th Tour de Pologne will end in Zabrze, Bielsko-Biała, Bukowina Tatrzańska and Kraków.

Polish rider Rafał Majka, who won the 2014 Tour de Pologne, has confirmed he will join this year’s edition of the race, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Other top names for the race include Colombia’s Richard Carapaz, the winner of last year’s Giro d'Italia, and world road champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) at the start of May unveiled a revised calendar of the elite season after racing was suspended earlier this year due to the coronovarius pandemic.

The Tour de Pologne, which was originally scheduled for July, will now take place before the Tour de France, which is due to be held from August 29 to September 20.

Meanwhile, Poland’s international Solidarity Race is slated to start on September 9, according to an announcement in April.


Source: PAP