Thursday, August 7, the 5th stage Zakopane (Pol) – Strbske Pleso (Svk) for 178 km.
The 2014 Tour de Pologne is taking shape. The organizers are putting the finishing touches on what will be the route for the 71st edition of the Polish stage race that is part of the UCI World Tour calendar, scheduled from August 3rd to the 9th.
After the fantastic 2013 edition, which featured the kick off from Trentino in the Dolomites, in 2014 the Tour de Pologne will start and finish in Poland. The race will set off from Gdansk and the final arrival will be in Krakow. However, it will be an extraordinary edition full of excitement, with plenty of interesting twists, both from a technical perspective as well as from a historical and cultural standpoint.
A never-before-seen arrival in Slovakia will definitely be a highlight. On Tuesday, February 11th, during the press conference that took place in Krakow, the 5th stage was announced officially. Scheduled for Thursday, August 7th, it will start off from Zakopane, in Poland, and arrive in Strbske Pleso, in Slovakian territory, after 178 km. Therefore the splendid scenery offered by the Tatra Mountains, which straddle Poland and Slovakia, will offer a spectacular background for this stage.
Presiding over the baptism of the event were General Manager for the Tour de Pologne Czeslaw Lang, along with Jan Miskovsky, CEO and owner of Janom s.r.o. as well as President of Cycling Club Epic, a company that supports young cyclists, who was there as a representative of the committee for the Slovakian stage. The Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski and the city’s Sport councilman Krzysztof Kowal were also on hand for the conference.
“After the fantastic start from Italy in 2013, this year, with the arrival in Slovakia the Tour de Pologne will once again go beyond its national borders,” comments Czeslaw Lang. “It’s another important step that testifies to the growing interest and increasingly international flavor that the event has been enjoying. We will be on the Tatra Mountains; Zakopane and Strbske Pleso are two well known tourist resorts and we hope that for both places the Tour de Pologne can provide a nice media and image showcase. We’re also hoping that an important rider, perhaps in a heroic action, will be the one who signs his name to victory at this finish line, the first of its kind in Slovakia, a country that has always been a close friend in the history of the Tour de Pologne.”