Tomasz Marczyński previews the Tour de Pologne
On Saturday 3 August, the 76th edition of the Tour de Pologne starts. The seven-day WorldTour stage race consists of three relatively flat stages and four stages for the climbers. The race is considered as the perfect preparation for the Vuelta, which starts on 24 August. Lotto Soudal will be riding the Tour de Pologne as Lotto Fix ALL, with an adapted shirt. Tomasz Marczyński, who will race in his own country, looks ahead.
Tomasz Marczyński: “There are chances for the sprinters on the first three days. The fourth stage is a new one and looks very hard, especially in the finale. I’m going to recon it because it’s not so far from where I live. On the last three days, it’s up to the climbers to show their strength with some hard climbs and a lot of altitude metres.”
“The Tour de Pologne is a very special race for me because it is my home country. There’s even a stage in my hometown, being the first one in Krakau. My family and friends will be there to support me and that’s something you will remember for the rest of your life. They will give me the energy to perform even better.”
“I have been working really hard the last months. In the light of the Tour de Pologne, I’ve spent three weeks at altitude. The initial plan was to ride the Tour of Wallonie, but I had to abandon after the first stage due to sickness. I had a fever, I was vomiting, … I was really feeling bad.”
“I still feel a little weak, but yesterday I went out for an easy two-hour ride and I still have three more days to recover. My condition after the altitude training camp was very good, so I hope I’m not going to lose it because of this period of sickness. Anyway, I will stay motivated.”
“I’m familiar with the Polish roads, so I will guide the young guys and help them as much as possible. With Bjorg, we have someone who has the capacities to aim for the general classification. The Tour de Pologne is full of short and explosive climbs, so that’s perfect for him. I mostly finish around tenth place overall and I think I’m able to do that again. Jelle Wallays and I will try to go in the breakaway several times and Enzo Wouters is there to take on the sprints.”
Stage 1 Saturday 3 August: Krakau – Krakau (136 km)
Stage 2 Sunday 4 August: Tarnowskie Gory – Katowice (153 km)
Stage 3 Monday 5 August: Chorzów – Zabrze (157 km)
Stage 4 Tuesday 6 August: Joworzno – Śląskie-Kocierz (173 km)
Stage 5 Wednesday 7 August: Wieliczka Salt Mine – Bielsko-Biała (154 km)
Stage 6 Thursday 8 August: Zakopane – Zakopane (150 km)
Stage 7 Friday 9 August: Bukovina Resort – Bukowina Tatrzańska (132.5 km)
Line-up Lotto Soudal: Sander Armée, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Bjorg Lambrecht, Tomasz Marczyński, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays and Enzo Wouters.
Sports directors: Mario Aerts and Kevin De Weert.