The curtain is rising on the 71st edition of the Tour de Pologne. The official presentation of the 2014 Polish stage race will be held on Thursday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Hotel Marriot in Warsaw.
During the presentation all the details will be revealed for the 7 stages of the Tour de Pologne scheduled from August 3rd to the 9th, 2014, a race which has become a steady date on the UCI World Tour calendar during the height of the summer cycling season.
As always, the General Directorof the Tour de Pologne, Czeslaw Lang will be playing host for the event. There will be plenty of celebrities from the world of cycling and sports in general, as well as politicians and people from Polish showbiz who have been invited to help baptize the 2014 edition of the Tour de Pologne.
“2013, with the extraordinary kick off from Trentino in the Dolomites, gave us some fantastic thrills. This year we’re taking off from Poland and to do so we’ve decided to return to the north after a few years’ absence, to Danzica,” explains Czeslaw Lang. “It will be a Tour de Pologne with plenty of appeal from a sporting standpoint, but there will also be many historical and cultural highlights. In fact, in 2014 we’ll be celebrating 25 years of free elections in Poland (since the parliamentary elections in 1989). A fundamental role in this process was held by the workers strikes in the shipyards in Danzica organized by Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarnosc movement, the first labour union independent from the Soviet bloc. Walesa is an extraordinary personality who won the Nobel peace prize and served as President of the Republic. We will have the great honour to have him with us both in Warsaw for the presentation on Thursday, April the 3rd as well as on August the 3rd for the start of the race.”
Furthermore, during the presentation we will officially announce the leaders’ jerseys (for the general classification as well as the other rankings) and the official partners of the Tour de Pologne, who support the event with passion and commitment.
During the course of the presentation a lot of attention will be focused on the many events that traditionally follow the professional race across Poland. Chief among these is the Nutella Mini Tour de Pologne, the event open to young ones (kids from 8 to 12 years old), which continues to enjoy a growing success from one edition to the next; this year the initiative has been expanded with the Nutella Mini Tour de Pologne – Puchar Mlodzików specifically for kids 13-14 who are registered with a sports group. And let’s not forget the Tour de Pologne Amatorów which brings fans to Bukowina every year to pedal along the same roads faced by the athletes in the pro race.