Team Rusvelo will complete the list of teams lining up for the start of the 71° Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour. After CCC Polsat Polkowice and Reprezentacja Polski, the Lang Team organizing committee decided to assign the third available wild card to the professional Russian team.
Thus there will be 21 teams (the 18 Pro Teams plus the 3 wild cards) taking part in the 2014 edition of the Polish stage race that will set off on Sunday, August 3rd, from Gdansk and conclude after 7 sates in Krakow, on Saturday, August 9th, with a 25 km individual time trial. It will be an edition loaded with appeal from historical and cultural aspects as well. With the departure from the Gdansk shipyards the Tour de Pologne in fact wishes to commemorate 25 years of free elections in Poland. The VIP starter will be the great Lech Walesa, ex-President of Poland and especially historical leader and founder of the Solidarity movement.
“We hope that it can be a fantastic Tour de Pologne from a sports profile as well as a cultural one. As for the choice of the wild cards, I can say that Rusvelo has proven to be a good team with lots of young riders joined with more experienced members,” explains Czeslaw Lang, General Director for the Tour de Pologne. “It’s a team founded with the aim of nurturing young Russian talent. In the last seasons they’ve shown lots of progress, graduating from the continental category to the prof with good results. The Tour de Pologne is part of the World Tour and has become the most important race in all of Eastern Europe; this is why we believe it is important to reward the commitment of teams from this geographic area like CCC Polsat Polkowice, our National team, and now Rusvelo as well. I’m sure that with its riders this team can contribute to making the race all the more spectacular and exciting.”