Rafal Majka, Pascal Ackermann and Davide Formolo to start in 2019 Tour de Pologne
Jul 10 2019 05:52 am CET

Rafal Majka, Pascal Ackermann and Davide Formolo to start in 2019 Tour de Pologne
Rafal Majka, Pascal Ackermann and Davide Formolo to start in 2019 Tour de Pologne

The Tour de Pologne has confirmed the participation of Rafal Majka, Pascal Ackermann and Davide Formolo for the 2019 edition of the race.

The race will kick off from Krakow on the third of August and will finish on the mountains around Bukowina Tatrzanska of the ninth. There will be a number of outstanding riders among the ranks of the 22 participating teams: 18 WorldTour formations and four invited by the organisation of the race.

Bora-hansgrohe has already confirmed some of its riders, which will include the Polish trio Rafal Majka, Maciej Bodnar and Pawel Poljanski. "Team Bora-hansgrohe is attending with a top-tier formation with three Polish riders," said Czeslaw Lang, General Director of the Tour de Pologne. "Last spring, Rafal Majka had already announced his intention to participate. Remember that after many years, Majka carried Poland back to the top step of the Tour de Pologne podium in 2014, and then he placed second in 2017.

"Also, from Bora-hansgrohe the confirmation of Pascal Ackermann at the start is exciting news as well. The strong, young, German sprinter won two stages in the Giro d’Italia this year and took home the magenta jersey as the best sprinter; he also won several other races, but a particularly happy memory comes from right here in Poland last year, when he became a crowd favourite by winning two stages, in Krakow and Katowice."

There are other riders in the German formation that will be some of the favourites for the public. "I am also happy to see that Cesare Benedetti is going to be there; he also won a stage in the Giro this year. I think of him as a little bit Polish, considering that his wife is from here and he speaks our language perfectly," Lang commented.

"And let’s not forget Davide Formolo, the brand new Italian National Champion; he is a very interesting rider. He’s already done well here in Poland in the past; I remember that in 2016 he closed out in fourth place in the general."

Bora-hansgrohe's provisional roster for the Tour de Pologne (3rd to 9th of August):

Rafal Majka
Maciej Bodnar
Pawel Poljanski
Pascal Ackermann
Rudiger Selig
Davide Formolo
Cesare Benedetti



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