The first two wild card invitations to the 71st Tour de Pologne – UCI WorldTour have been have been handed to the professional team CCC Polsat Polkowice and Reprezentacja Polski, the Polish national team.
These two teams will join the 18 ProTeams that have automatic entry to all the events on the WorldTour calendar, including the Tour de Pologne. As a result, the field of participants in the Polish stage race is beginning to take shape. The seven-stage race starts Sunday, August 3, in Gdansk and finishes on Saturday, August 9, in Kraków.
“Year after year, thanks to the great work of our organizing committee and the support of the sponsors and institutions, the Tour de Pologne is taking on an increasingly international character,” explains race director Czesalw Lang. “The start last year in the Dolomites in Trentino, this year’s stage in Slovakia, the growing media coverage of the event, and the fact that top riders from the ProTeams choose our race are all tangible evidence of this growth. At the same time, though, the Tour de Pologne is the most important annual sporting event in Poland, which is why we want to reward and develop Polish teams and riders. We have very strong riders who race for ProTeams, such as Kwiatkowski, Majka and Niemiec, riders of the highest level who can aspire to win the Tour de Pologne, but we also have many other talented young cyclists who are growing by following their example. CCC Polsat Polkowice and the riders selected by our national team honor the race every year by giving their all and trying to make themselves visible on this international cycling event and prove that they deserve this invitation.”
In the coming weeks, the organizing committee of the Tour de Pologne will select the teams to receive the remaining wild cards available for the 2014 race.