Cofidis looks forward to Tour de Pologne after receiving wildcard
Jun 25 2019 01:05 am CET

Cofidis looks forward to Tour de Pologne after receiving wildcard
Cofidis looks forward to Tour de Pologne after receiving wildcard
Cofidis © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Team Cofidis is already looking forward to the Tour de Pologne after receiving one of the Wildcards for the WorldTour race.

The Polish race will be held between the third and the ninth of August of 2019 and Cofidis has been one of the invited teams to be at the start line. "Taking part in races on the UCI World Tour calendar provides a wonderful opportunity for our team," said Cofidis' team manager Cedric Vasseur. "We are very happy to have been invited to the Tour de Pologne for the second year in a row. This race is also a significant showcase for our sponsor.

"The Tour de Pologne has carved out an important space on the UCI World Tour calendar and year after year this event has continued growing, both as a sports event and in terms of media coverage. I have also had the chance to participate as a rider; the first time was in 1999, then in 2006 and 2007. I have to say that I have some very fond memories of this race, especially of the fantastic enthusiasm of the Polish crowds."

A roster that combines riders that will also take part in the Tour de France and others that will be preparing for the Vuelta a España, will be at the start line in Poland. "In 2019, we have been gaining strength on all fronts," explained Vasseur. "The season is going quite well, we’ve already garnered more than 10 victories. We want to do our best to honour the invitation to the Tour de Pologne. We will be bringing a high calibre formation, made up 50% by riders who will be coming out of their experience at the Tour de France and 50% by riders who will be training specifically for Poland and the Vuelta Espana.

"As always, the Tour de Pologne will offer a route that is at once beautiful and demanding. There will be stages for sprinters and other fractions with terrain suited to attacks, as well as gruelling stages in the mountains. For the sprints, we can count on Nacer Bouhanni, but I’m expecting good performances from riders like Jesus Herrada, Mathias Le Turnier, Darwin Atapuma, Luis Angel Matè and Filippo Fortin. Our minimal objective for the Tour de Pologne will be to give a good fight and win a stage."

The other wildcards went to Gazprom-RusVelo, Team Novo Nordisk and the Polish National Team.




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