The importance of cycling in sports and the Polish lifestyle.
2018 has brought another important recognition for the Tour de Pologne and in particular for its General Manager, Czeslaw Lang. The Polish edition of Forbes, the prestigious financial and economic magazine famous for its lists of most influential people, placed Czeslaw Lang among the top spots of the sports section.
The General Manager for the Tour de Pologne came in fifth place on this special list of the most influential personalities in Polish sports. Ahead of him in fourth and third place respectively, we find two ex- ski jumpers Kamil Stoch and Adam Malysz (both winners of World and Olympic medals); Robert Lewandowski, the Polish National football team and Bayern Monaco striker, was in second place. Zbigniew Boniek, current President of Poland’s football federation and ex-player for the Juventus and Roma teams, was at the top of the list.
Czeslaw Lang’s curriculum says it all: silver medal for cycling in the ’80 Moscow Olympics; winner of two World Championship medals in the team time trial (bronze in 1977 and silver in 1979). He was the first Polish rider to race at the highest professional level in the west, beyond the Iron Curtain, between 1982 and 1989, next to champions like Francesco Moser and Giuseppe Saronni. Since 1993 he has been the organizer behind the Tour de Pologne, the most important yearly sporting event in Poland after the football championship; the Tour de Pologne has become the most substantial bicycle race in all of Eastern Europe, and the only event of its kind on this side of the continent that is part of the UCI World Tour calendar. These are the significant “stages” that testify as to how Czesalw Lang was able to build on his cycling experience, first as an athlete and then on a managerial level.
“Besides the personal satisfaction, I am ecstatic because this acknowledgement testifies to the important role that the bicycle and the sport of cycling play in the lifestyle of the Polish people, as well as in Poland’s overall global economy. I believe that the work my staff and I are doing with the Tour de Pologne has been determinative in this process. I’m thinking of the pro race, which over the last several years has contributed to affirming Poland at an international level in the world of cycling, but also of the many events for amateurs and cycling tourists, as well as events for children that we organize annually across the entire national territory. Just this year with the Kinder+Sport Mini Tour de Pologne we got more than 3000 really young riders involved. Now we are hard at work on all fronts for the 2019 edition, and we are sure that the new season will also bring great rewards,” explains Czeslaw Lang.
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