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Tour de Pologne - Discussion
Luis Leon Sanchez
Tour de Pologne


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We head to Poland for a week-long HC stage race which offers a bit to almost all types of riders. We open with a short TT/Prologue before the first HIL stage. There are then 2 long stages which provide opportunities for the sprinters. We then finish the week with 3 stages in the hills although there may be some MO impact as well.

Podium History

GC2nd3rd
2020GesinkCattaneoYates
2019LecuisinierBoasson HagenKeinath
2018UlissiAnuar AzizSchreurs
2017FroomeUlissiVan Garderen


There has been a mix of well-rounded Climbers as well as Puncheurs on the podium over the years but, if 2020 is anything to go by, then the Hybrid Climber/Puncheurs will be the ones to look out for here. Gesink does return for another shot but it won't be easy for him here.

GC Favourites

Many would expect one of the top 2 favourites to win the GC here. Both have strong support so it'll be about consistency. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ced.png Beltran is generally more aggressive but he will be on the back foot after the prologue compared to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.png Kwiatkowski.

It would be ill advised to look past others in this list too though. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.png Carthy & pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.png Latour two of the stronger climbers while the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.png Moscon and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.png Paulinho prefer the shorter, sharper, climbs.

MOHILTTRECACCFTRPRO
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ced.pngBeltran79816672767866
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngKwiatkowski78817075757375
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngCarthy81756778696565
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngLatour80757080748074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.pngPaulinho75806474757064
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngMoscon73796675737170
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.pngReichenbach73796773697367
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngBoily76787069746961
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pfi.pngTeuns75786476727060
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngMoazemi73786975736567
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/duo.pngGesink79777674626876
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngPoljanski77776776717367
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngUran80727672686576
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngBongiorno79756877696968
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.pngFaglum Karlsson79737376686679


Pure Puncheurs

Outside of the top GC favourites, there are a number of riders who will be stage hunting when they're not supporting a GC leader. The top name here that stands out is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.png Ponzi but there are plenty of other strong riders here. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.png McCarthy has been in strong form so far this season but his focus will likely be on supporting his team leader for the GC.

HILSTASPRACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/voy.pngKinoshita83806877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/ubs.pngPonzi82747477
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngMcCarthy81806574
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/pol.pngDi Maggio81726474
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.pngBakelants80756972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngPrevar80776773
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gcn.pngSchreurs80747072


Sprinter Favourites

It's a lot of RDs for a top sprinter to use and that may explain why there aren't too many top sprinters here. You'd expect the Carrefour duo of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.png Van Stayen and Hayakawa to be up there but acceleration may also make a difference. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.png Guardini should be a threat too.

FLARECSPRACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.pngVan Stayen75788376
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngHaller72768079
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/bnb.pngGuardini72718082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/min.pngKalaba74767979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/cdb.pngLander77797977
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngBoudat73787978
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/car.pngHayakawa73767979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/afr.pngAfewerki73817980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/brs.pngPerera71777980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/gcn.pngItami74767981
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngLutsyshyn70747980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/trg.pngZariff68767878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/t3a.pngAlaphilippe72817777
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/voy.pngZhao74747781


TT/PRO Favourites

The opening stage provides an opportunity for the clock specialists to get a stage win and also lead the GC for a stage. They can be a little unpredictable but these are the ones we will be keeping a close eye on.

TTPRO
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/aab.pngGonzalez Salas8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/kmm.pngKittel8080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/yor.pngOliveira7979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/rbz.pngBrändle7979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/akm.pngHansen7779
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/p4e.pngGolovash7878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2021/Micros/jur.pngBalloni7878


Startlist
Spoiler
TakeakiAmezawaAker - MOT
DavideBalleriniAker - MOT
EdisonBravoAker - MOT
TobiasFossAker - MOT
Lasse NormanHansenAker - MOT
MichalKwiatkowskiAker - MOT
PeterPruusAker - MOT
DavidWohrerAker - MOT
MarcusFaglum KarlssonAssa Abloy
Jan-AndreFreulerAssa Abloy
TonyGallopinAssa Abloy
ElieGesbertAssa Abloy
MarioGonzalez SalasAssa Abloy
JacopoMoscaAssa Abloy
PaoloScarponiAssa Abloy
RobbieSquireAssa Abloy
LuisAfonsoBinance Cycling
AmaroAntunesBinance Cycling
DavideGabburoBinance Cycling
AndreaGuardiniBinance Cycling
Pedro MiguelPaulinhoBinance Cycling
RafaelSilvaBinance Cycling
ClementVenturiniBinance Cycling
JoelYatesBinance Cycling
HoucaineEl SabbahiBralirwa - Stevens
SamuelMugishaBralirwa - Stevens
MoiseMugishaBralirwa - Stevens
ValensNdayisengaBralirwa - Stevens
MadushankaPereraBralirwa - Stevens
JoeyRosskopfBralirwa - Stevens
NatnaelTesfatsionBralirwa - Stevens
AndreaVendrameBralirwa - Stevens
AlexAranburuCarlsberg - Danske Bank
KasperAsgreenCarlsberg - Danske Bank
MathiasKrigbaumCarlsberg - Danske Bank
OlliKulppiCarlsberg - Danske Bank
SebastianLanderCarlsberg - Danske Bank
RamonSinkeldamCarlsberg - Danske Bank
MatusStocekCarlsberg - Danske Bank
JoelSuterCarlsberg - Danske Bank
JanBakelantsCarrefour - ESPN
PatrickBerczCarrefour - ESPN
Juan ErnestoChamorroCarrefour - ESPN
ThomasFaiersCarrefour - ESPN
TaylorGunmanCarrefour - ESPN
TomohiroHayakawaCarrefour - ESPN
KazushigeKubokiCarrefour - ESPN
MichaelVan StayenCarrefour - ESPN
Andres CamiloArdilaCedevita
Eduard AlexanderBeltranCedevita
HavardBlikraCedevita
AlexanderEvansCedevita
DavidGauduCedevita
TadejPogacarCedevita
MatejVysnaCedevita
AndreaZordanCedevita
HughCarthycycleYorkshire
DimitriosChristakoscycleYorkshire
MatthewHolmescycleYorkshire
TimKennaughcycleYorkshire
JayMcCarthycycleYorkshire
IvoOliveiracycleYorkshire
JavierRomocycleYorkshire
AndersSkaarsethcycleYorkshire
NicolaBagioliDuolingo
RobertGesinkDuolingo
Choon HuatGohDuolingo
YoshimitsuHiratsukaDuolingo
JakubKaczmarekDuolingo
HaydenMcCormickDuolingo
TimMerlierDuolingo
RuiOliveiraDuolingo
EmilAnderssonEddie Stobart
GeraldCiolekEddie Stobart
LinusDahlbergEddie Stobart
GertJoeaarEddie Stobart
DavideMalacarneEddie Stobart
DmitriMedvedevEddie Stobart
SalvadorMoreno HernandezEddie Stobart
DanielSaviniEddie Stobart
JohnArchibaldEurosport x GCN
MichaelCumingEurosport x GCN
AlexDowsettEurosport x GCN
KenjiItamiEurosport x GCN
MikelLandaEurosport x GCN
DanMcLayEurosport x GCN
MauriceSchreursEurosport x GCN
JasperStuyvenEurosport x GCN
AlfredoBalloniJura - Fiat
ThomasBoudatJura - Fiat
FabianLienhardJura - Fiat
GianniMosconJura - Fiat
HermannPernsteinerJura - Fiat
SzymonRekitaJura - Fiat
MauroSchmidJura - Fiat
GiorgiTediashviliJura - Fiat
PelloBilbaoKraftwerk Man Machine
DavidBoilyKraftwerk Man Machine
JetseBolKraftwerk Man Machine
SachinDulanjanaKraftwerk Man Machine
MarcoHallerKraftwerk Man Machine
MarcelKittelKraftwerk Man Machine
ArvinMoazemiKraftwerk Man Machine
JosipRumacKraftwerk Man Machine
Guillermo AndresBeltranLos Pollos Hermanos
Iver JohanKnottenLos Pollos Hermanos
Luis EnriqueLopez NolascoLos Pollos Hermanos
Carlos AlexandreManarelliLos Pollos Hermanos
DanielMunozLos Pollos Hermanos
WataruMutsumineLos Pollos Hermanos
AlejandroOsorioLos Pollos Hermanos
Jose GerardoUlloaLos Pollos Hermanos
MikkelBjergMinions
BorislavIvanovMinions
DusanKalabaMinions
PimLigthartMinions
FlorentinoMarquezMinions
PawelPoljanskiMinions
RigobertoUranMinions
MauriVansevenantMinions
CharlesAnguiletPhilips - Force India
JoonasHenttalaPhilips - Force India
MartenKooistraPhilips - Force India
VictorLafayPhilips - Force India
GijsLeemreizePhilips - Force India
CristianRaileanuPhilips - Force India
IdeSchellingPhilips - Force India
DylanTeunsPhilips - Force India
JulianAlaphilippePodium Ambition
AkilCampbellPodium Ambition
DavidDekkerPodium Ambition
JoshuaGayralPodium Ambition
ChristopherLaganePodium Ambition
KimLe CourtPodium Ambition
AlexandreMayerPodium Ambition
BramWeltenPodium Ambition
CyrilBarthePolar
JoniBrandaoPolar
RobinCarpenterPolar
FlavioDe LunaPolar
CesareDi MaggioPolar
WelleJallaysPolar
PierreLatourPolar
MichaelRodriguez GalindoPolar
EliasAfewerkiProject: Africa
FrancescoBongiornoProject: Africa
AmanuelGebrezgabihierProject: Africa
Tsgabu GebremaryamGrmayProject: Africa
ThomasPidcockProject: Africa
CostaSeibebProject: Africa
SamuelSsabagwanyaProject: Africa
EddieVan HeerdenProject: Africa
Muhamma AfifAhmad ZamriRed Bull Zalgiris
MatthiasBrändleRed Bull Zalgiris
AimeDe GendtRed Bull Zalgiris
TimDeesRed Bull Zalgiris
KristianDyrnesRed Bull Zalgiris
AndreasLeknessundRed Bull Zalgiris
GiorgiNareklishviliRed Bull Zalgiris
DanielTeklehaimanotRed Bull Zalgiris
StanislawAniolkowskiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RomanGladyshTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OleksandrGolovashTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
DeinsKanepejsTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MartinLaasTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
RomanLutsyshynTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
OleksandrPrevarTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
WojciechPszczolarskiTeam Popo4Ever p/b Nemiroff
MatteoBadilattiTeam UBS
GeoffreyBouchardTeam UBS
NikCemazarTeam UBS
DanieleDall'OsteTeam UBS
ArturGrigrianTeam UBS
PatrickMüllerTeam UBS
SimonePonziTeam UBS
SebastienReichenbachTeam UBS
DanielHoelgaardTryg - Ritter Sport
MikkelHonoreTryg - Ritter Sport
MaxKanterTryg - Ritter Sport
AndreasKronTryg - Ritter Sport
JorisNieuwenhuisTryg - Ritter Sport
CasperPedersenTryg - Ritter Sport
AndrisSmirnovsTryg - Ritter Sport
Nur AimanZariffTryg - Ritter Sport
AndreaBagioliVoyagin - Bird
TomohiroKinoshitaVoyagin - Bird
Sindre SkjostadLunkeVoyagin - Bird
ShoiMatsudaVoyagin - Bird
ReiOnoderaVoyagin - Bird
TushanthaRajapakshageVoyagin - Bird
JacobSalconeVoyagin - Bird
JingbiaoZhaoVoyagin - Bird


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow on the streets of Poland!
 
quadsas
Let's go Brandon

Should be able to score some with Brandle and Dyrnes
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ember
Optimistic! The pressure is high, as we get to do Kwiatkowski's home race. It's obviously every man behind him, and we even brought Amezawa to help him out. His support team should be solid here, but it will come down to himself and how he's on the important stage 2, 5 6 and 7. Lots of stages to do well, but also lots of stages to miss out on. We should be attentive here and stay near the front at all the right moments, considering Kwiatkowski must be considered one of the GC favourites here.

Fingers crossed Amezawa can also add depth points and maybe even have a shot at a top 10 overall, but admittedly that has second priority in this race. Though, his stats look great for the GC days here, which makes me even more excited for this race!
 
redordead
First goal race and a very important scoring race for Beltran and the team in general. Hopefully we can support him well and I would love to see a duel between him and Kwiatkowski Smile

Thanks for the preview LLS Smile


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Nemolito
Manarelli not among the sprinter favourites, so no mention for us, seems like it will be seven great days for LPH Pfft Best bet for scoring is Munoz in an attack I guess, hoping his breakaway companions would be weaker than him. Thanks for the preview LLS, looking forward to the reports!
 
Marcovdw
This race suited neither Hagen nor Uran tbf, but the latter had more free racedays so we're going with him. The prologue and stage 6 is where his moments should be.
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We are technically here, but like so many races it's only because we didn't really have a choice. Racking up that XP though!
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DaveTwoBob
Kraftwerk have contenders for every stage, hope this can translate into a good Teams performance.

A chance for Boily to show what he can do.
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cunego59
We're a long shot to score any points at all here, I fear. On paper, Perera should have a decent chance in the sprint stages, but he's not delivered so far this season. The other hope is for Vendrame, Ndayisenga or even Rosskopf to do something from a breakaway later in the week. We'll see, but I tend to enjoy following races where I have no expectations at all, so I'm looking forward to it Grin Thanks for the preview!
 
baseballlover312
Our team here is a bit gutted thanks to the Giro. Prioritizing this makes sense for rankings, but I might only get one shot to send my full A team to a GT, led by a Danish superstar. So sacrifices were made. Still, I'm pleasantly surprised by the startlist. I kind of thought it would be stronger. Seeing that, we should still be in the mix for some minor placings.

This is the first time we're letting Aranburu loose as absolute leader in a race that should suit him. He's been weak so far this year, but he's also only ridden where we had other options on GC. This should be more indicative of his true level. Obviously he'll lose time in the prologue, but after that, it's a decent spot for him as a hybrid. The last two stages especially should favor his type of climbing. Obviously there are still a lot of stronger riders, but I'd like him to be in the mix till the end.

Sprinter startlist is wide open like always. Lander is the weakest of the crowd there from his acceleration, but we all know sprints are a lottery, so it'd be nice if he participated and was able to get some points out of these at least. That's all I can really expect from someone of his style these days.

Thanks for a great preview LLS!
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valverde321
The fact Kinoshita isn't a GC favourite... damn.

Went from being a consistent Top 5 rider in PCT to not even mentioned in a hill race.

Guess it really is time to focus only on MO/HIL hybrids.
 
baseballlover312
Wow... damn. I mean, I knew Alex was a horrendous prologue guy and would lose time, but wow. I honestly just didn't think there were 2 minutes to lose in 7 km.

GC done for us, but always nice to see an Eddie Stobart win. Congrats sutty!
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Marcovdw
Uran's early start perhaps cost him a bit as the later starters all did better. Hope those won't be crucial in the end.

Congratulations sutty! Thanks LLS
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AbhishekLFC
Missed out commenting on the preview...if Teuns can live up to his Top 10 billing, I'll be really happy with this race.

Not a great start for Teuns though! Henttala with a decent performance on Stage 1.
 
ember
Great start by Kwiatkowski! Really happy with that, especially considering the latter starters in general seemed to do very well. Was there a change in wind conditions? This start is great looking at stage 2, as it gives him a shot at yellow, if he can grab the stage win.

Thank you for the report, and for getting the race rolling, LLS!
 
redordead
That was pretty darn awful even by Beltran's low TT standards Pfft

We have to start taking time back tomorrow.


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Nemolito
Gonna have to start an investigation to find out how the Eddie Stobart staff managed to poison every other team's riders Pfft
 
ryant
Interesting race for us here, whether Carthy or McCarthy assume leadership for us here. Hopefully we can gather some depth scoring with the likes of Oliveira and Kennaugh who both have seemed to do very well in the prologue. In general I hope that these stages favour the stronger climbers and hopefully Carthy can spring a surprise in a race where we are using whatever race days he had left.
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cunego59
Rosskopf with another terrible TT performance, not great. But not like we were getting any points from that stage anyway. Now's the time for breakaway success!!
 
DaveTwoBob
Baffled by those prologue results.

Strong performance by California 3rd place Dulanjana. He might be leader on the road after poor performances by Boily and Moazemi.

Congrats to sutty and thanks for the report LLS.
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