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Tour of Pologne

Race Profile

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Welcome to Poland for the Tour of Pologne! 184 riders from 24 teams are ready to show what they’re worth in seven interesting stages in the country of the delicious pierogi. They will be able to show their skills on several terrains, as the seven stages are made out of two flat, three hilly, one mountain and one timetrial stage. Two former winners have come back to try and become the first rider to win the Tour of Pologne for the second time since it was introduced back in 2007. Those riders are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Ulissi and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Dowsett. Of course, the race profile and the division of the race has changed throughout the years, which leads us to our favourite’s of this year’s edition.


MNT HILL TT STA RES REC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Denifl837571736974
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo827079768080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink817978757777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guldhammer817771747574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Bennett817665757479
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Preidler807858717776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Penasa807470757277
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Yates797671798076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Pomoshnikov797464787674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Slagter787966717374
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png De la Cruz787574727675
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Roson787661677077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Chamorro787565727670
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Warbasse787574757372
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Fabbro787567717274
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Duarte786673717373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Areruya777765757777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Raileanu777763747376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Squire777765707076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Senni777374767976
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Novak777376757375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Faiers777074747476
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Eg777174767475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bak.png Scarponi777566717275



pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Denifl and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo are the best pure climbers in Poland, which should be in their advantage on the fifth stage. They are very different riders though, as the Austrian is alright in the hills but should normally lose some time on the final TT against the Italian, who has the physical advantage but is the weakest of the favourite in the hills.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guldhammer, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Bennett, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Penasa and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Preidler will also be going to aim for the GC win, although it might be hard for Preidler and Bennett looking at their time trial capacities. Gesink on the other hand is only just weaker than Cattaneo on a time trial-bike while also being very strong in the hills, so we can imagine Duolingo manager Gustav hoping for the win here. Guldhammer and Penasa are good all-rounders, but they will also need to try and gain some seconds on the big favourites if they want to be in the lead after the time trial as well.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Slagter is also an interesting name, as he is one of the best puncheurs amongst the favourites here. His lack of time trial skills, however, should also mean he won’t be contending for the GC win. Two CT teams have come here to aim for a top-15 or maybe even a top-10 and thus grabbing a lot of points in their battle for the promotion to the PCT. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Carlsberg have brought Warbasse, Fabbro and Eg, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Carrefour came here with Chamorro and Novak.


Three of the seven stages should be fit to be won by a puncheur. Let’s have a look at the list of riders who are aiming for one or more stage wins in Poland.


MTN HIL STA RES REC SPR ACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Schreurs69817672717174
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Ulissi66808371727475
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Betancourt73807271646774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Dowsett65807469676671
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink81797577775965
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Slagter78797173746171
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Gebrezgabihier70797474726769
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Bilbao67797771717175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Preidler80787177765069
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Benoot75787574746971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Siskevicius73787372687175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Moazemi73787272756573
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Klemme72787167686463
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Kanerva64787569706476
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Landa69787069706169
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump66777673808180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Guldhammer81777475747076
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Areruya77777577776874
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fcj.png Raileanu77777473765970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Squire77777070766171



A lot of the names have already been mentioned above. We find two former winners in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png Ulissi and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Dowsett, while others have also been brought up in the list of the GC favourites. Two other riders who carry the hope of their managers on their shoulders are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gcn.png Schreurs and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Betancourt. The former is actually a teammate of Dowsett, giving GCN two big guns for the hilly stages. The Colombian is quite alright in the mountains as well, which should give him and advantage over his biggest rivals in the hills.


In the first four stages we find two sprints. A sprinter on a roll could conquer the green jersey after the fourth stage, but it won’t be easy to keep it until the end. Not many teams have sent their (best) sprinter to Poland, which could lead to some very nice results for others who normally act as a lead-out.


FLA STA RES REC SPR ACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Guerao747164818376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump747673808180
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Zabel747470798179
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Maksimov727069758184
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Van der Sande757873767979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Sanikwathi727067757878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/azt.png Vaquera716965737880
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Mareczko747173797877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Canelon776569707883
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Merlier727171647774
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Bercz727368757677
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/adp.png McEvoy707570717579



pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Guerao is the fastest on paper, but lacks some physical capacities compared to his rivals. He also has some trouble holding his high pace over a longer period of time. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Maksimov on the other hand might be a bit slower, but can hold his pace for an incredibly long time. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nca.png Kump and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/map.png Zabel are normally as fast as the Russian, but as longer the race goes on and the harder it gets, those two are more comfortable. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fpc.png Van der Sande and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Mareczko seem to be the best all-rounders on the list behind the biggest favourites for stage wins. On a good day they could definitely surprise them, and so could the others.


The GC will be decided with a 25 km time trial on the last day, which has a small bump in the beginning but is mostly flat. The riders on the list below are the favourites for the stage win there.


TT STA RES REC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich80707173
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas80747667
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo79768080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Li78736871
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Nareklishvili78707469
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink78757777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Sterobo78746969
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Postlberger77757269
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Ghyselinck77757773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vvg.png Pokälä77757373
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/anh.png Marchewka77737574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Hussein77716971
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Novak76757375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/xr0.png Bazhkou76737571
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sct.png Nepomnyachsniy76737375



pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mol.png Cattaneo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/duo.png Gesink could be having a battle for the GC win, but both could also win the final GC. The two best time trialists present however, are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kmm.png Schädlich and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rpn.png Gonzalez Salas. Their three best contenders should be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/zal.png Nareklishvili, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cap.png Sterobo and CT rider pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Li.


The only thing left for me to do is to share the startlist, the only thing left for the riders to do is to win some stages and the GC!


Startlist

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Ollfardh
If Senni can repeat his California performance, I'm happy. Mareczko might even do better than Bonifazio.
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redordead
I can only hope for a lucky breakaway result here.

Thanks for the preview Smile



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jph27
Yates not making the preview after beating everyone above him on the startlist except Gesink already this week is hopefully the disrespect he needs to thrive Pfft

In all seriousness, a top 5 should be the aim here. I expect Gesink to win, but then it should be a good battle for 2nd to 8th - hopefully Yates can continue his tendency to overperform expectations. And here's hoping Van der Sande can show up in the sprints, having been totally anonymous since winning the TDU.
 
jandal7
All I can say is Bennett owes me a big result here Pfft
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Sent an army here, cause sentimentally, we gotta win the race in Poland. Should be a very fun follow since we have contenders on every single stage.
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jph27 wrote:
Yates not making the preview after beating everyone above him on the startlist except Gesink already this week is hopefully the disrespect he needs to thrive Pfft


Hehe. I actually raced Pologne before I did California, which is my he wasn't explicitly mentioned in the preview here. I re-read the Pologne preview this morning to make sure I didn't type some complete nonsense and thought about changing it a bit, but in the end I decided to let it be Smile
 
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Really big race for us with a potential 4 stage wins for Marko Kump here. Really looking forward to the reports!
 
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This is our lone HC venture of the season, chosen because it has a combination of mtn/hills/TT for Warbasse that is not seen in any CT race.

Seeing the startlist, it was probably the wrong move, so i can't expect anything. But we'll just see how it goes!
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Roson to hunt for KoM as in California would be ideal, and 0 hopes that Salas will have enough energies to compete for the stage win in the last day. More than that, very unlikely, joining breakaways would be nice, you never know where there's a hidden point gain in those random breakaway wins
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De la Cruz for the GC, Schädlich for a stage win and the Kraftwerk 3 headed hilly squad for breaks and KOM. Need the points to keep rolling in.
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Gustavovskiy
This is a rather important race for us. I remember it was tough deciding where to send Gesink between Poland and California. The challenge is probably tougher here but it creates more opportunities for points. We'll see.

A word for Nemolito who continues to deliver races upon races: chapeau mate!
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All I can say is Bennett owes me a big result here Pfft

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Great start for Denifl, those extra seconds may turn out to be extremely important, due to his lack of TT skills. 0 pointer officially avoided
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Preidler is letting me down yet again - 600k given for nothing
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redordead
Nothing to see here. Moving on to the next stage.

Congrats on the win Jandal Smile



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Aquarius97
Amazing start for the team. Lluis Mas taking the KoM lead is great, though hopefully better climbers of our team join that KoM fight in latter stages.

But Eddie? That performance was really unexpected. I'm unsure of how he'll handle the hardest stages, but given several guys of those who finished in the first group are just pure puncheur, things look great
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Heine
Thats no good from Guldhammer at all Sad He should've been up there in the first group
 
Ollfardh
Again not the best positioning by Senni, but it seems his support quickly disappeared as well.
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Thats no good from Guldhammer at all Sad He should've been up there in the first group


I am much much worse - should've listened to you about Preidler Sad
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