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The Countdown Begins for the 2015 Tour de Pologne

7 stages from August 2nd to the 8th, from Warsaw to Krakow.
There is less than a month to go to the big date with the Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour. The 72nd edition of the Polish stage race will take place from the 2nd to the 8th of August. It sets off on Sunday from the capital, Warsaw, and arrives to the heart of Krakow, the historical and cultural capital of the country, the following Saturday, after 7 stages covering a total of more than 1000 km.

“Right now all the attention of world cycling is on the Tour de France, where Poland is following its national talents with great expectations and admiration, including World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski and Rafal Majka, winner of last year’s Tour de Pologne. And let’s not forget Michal Golas and Bartosz Huzarski, who are also present in the pack at the Tour. Meanwhile, here where we are, there is a lot of work going into the preparation to set up the 2015 Tour de Pologne,” explains TDP general director Czeslaw Lang. “The last edition gave us fantastic thrills with Majka’s victory. The embrace of the Polish crowd was extraordinary. On a media level the race really resonated internationally, both from a sports standpoint as well as for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity Movement and the first free elections in Poland. We hope to repeat this great success; there are all the prerequisites to do so. As always the stars of the show will be the riders but the route we have planned will do its own part to light up the race. Now we wish our champions the best of luck and success in the Grande Boucle, and we anxiously await them to fire up the passion and souls of the fans lining the roads of the Tour de Pologne.”

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For those riders looking to attack there will be ample terrain to do so. After the first three fast stages suited to sprinters in Warsaw, Dabrowa Górnicza and Katowice, there will be the first real adversities, with the new arrival at Nowy Sacz, a long, hilly stage (that will also pass through Rafal Majka’s hometown), covering 220 km. Then there will be the two true mountain stages with the arrivals at Zakopane (which will feature a new climb) and especially with the classic, gruelling circuit at Bukowina Tatrzanska, before the grand finale with the 25 km individual time trial in Krakow.

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THE STAGES OF THE 2015 TDP
2/08 Stage 1 Warsaw – Warsaw 122 Km
3/08 Stage 2 Czestochowa – Dabrowa Górnicza 146 Km
4/08 Stage 3 Zawiercie – Katowice 166 Km
5/08 Stage 4 Jaworzno – Nowy Sacz 220 Km
6/08 Stage 5 Nowy Sacz – Zakopane 223 Km
7/08 Stage 6 Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa – Bukowina Tatrzanska 174 Km
8/08 Stage 7 Krakow – Krakow (ITT) 25 Km

See and download the route at the website: https://tourdepologne.pl/

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