Rafal Majka, Maciej Bodnar and Pawel Poljanski have already said yes to the 2019 Tour de Pologne. The Polish “three musketeers” from team BORA-hansgrohe have announced their intentions to participate in what will be the 76th edition of the Polish stage race. This time-honoured event is part of the UCI World Tour calendar, and this year it will be held from August 3rd to the 9th.
The Tour de Pologne organizational machine is already operating at full speed to set up what will be another great edition. The news that Majka and his friends will be participating just adds to the Lang Team’s joy and enthusiasm, and national fans are very excited as well.
The winner of the 2018 Tour de Pologne was Michal Kwiatkowski, but let us remind you that in 2014 Rafal Majka won the honour of being the first Pole to win the Tour de Pologne since the race had been added to the UCI World Tour schedule; before that Poland had made it to the top step of the podium in the national race in 2003, when Cezary Zamana took home the trophy. Kwiatkowski and Majka have become two established symbols of the Polish cycling movement.
Maciej Bodnar, who was born in 1985, is another very well-known and cherished figure in Polish cycling. He will be returning to the Tour de Pologne after a hiatus that lasted several years. Bodnar’s last participation was in 2015, an edition in which he managed to obtain a nice stage victory on the finish line at Nowy Sacz, at the end of a spectacularly long breakaway which carried another Polish rider from the national team, Kamil Zielinski, to don the yellow leader’s jersey.