Ilnur Zakarin headlines CCC Team squad for Tour de Pologne
Aug 04 2020 03:54 am CET

Ilnur Zakarin headlines CCC Team squad for Tour de Pologne
Ilnur Zakarin headlines CCC Team squad for Tour de Pologne
Photo of Ilnur Zakarin by CCC Team

CCC Team has announced that Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin will lead the formation for the Tour de Pologne.

The rider will be the captain of the team in the first stage race of the UCI WorldTour calendar after the restart of the WorldTour Calendar. "We are going to this year's Tour de Pologne with Ilnur Zakarin as our leader for the race while Simon Geschke, who put in a solid performance here last year, will also be a protected rider," said Sports Director Piotr Wadecki. "For Ilnur, this is his first race back after the lockdown period, but we saw him climbing well in the earlier part of the season and I know he has been training well so, by the first hard stage on day three, I am sure he will have found his rhythm again."

"Simon made his return to the start line at Strade Bianche and those tough racing kilometres will be beneficial so, I feel confident that we can make a good General Classification result with Ilnur and Simon plus with Attila Valter, I think we can make a good team GC result. I was really happy to see Kamil Ma?ecki, Szymon Sajnok, and Kamil Gradek working well together in Burgos on the flatter stages and alongside Patrick Bevin, I know that everyone coming to Poland from Spain can be strong again at this race."

The last and only race for Zakarin so far in 2020 has been the UAE Tour, so he is looking forward to return to competition. "It's not easy to set specific goals right now because it was such a long pause from racing and, like most of the guys in the peloton, I had never experienced that before, so I am not totally sure how my body will respond to it again," he said.

"However, three good weeks of training at altitude in Livigno have done their job, and I am happy with my shape. I worked hard and my performance at the training camp felt really good and I was able to push the limit so, we will see what I can do in Poland. Overall, I am just really looking forward to racing again because I have really missed all of the feelings that come with it."

Geschke is also happy to return to the race in which he won the King of the Mountains Classification in 2019. "Tour de Pologne is a nice race, and I am looking forward to racing here once again," he affirmed. "Last year I was quite successful, or at least I had good shape at this race but it's, of course, a totally different situation this year, so we will see what happens.

"Strade Bianche was a very tough way to restart the season, and I am still a little uncertain about my form at the moment but, a stage race is something completely different. Hopefully, as a team, we can work together to get a good result on the General Classification and personally, my goal is to try to do something on one or two of the stages."

CCC Team's Tour de Pologne line-up (August 5-9):

Patrick Bevin
Simon Geschke
Kamil Gradek
Kamil Malecki
Szymon Sajnok
Attila Valter
Ilnur Zakarin



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