It’s time for the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour, featuring 7 fractions from July 29th to August 4th. According to tradition, the race is kicking off with a fast stage suited to the sprinters in the pack. The location is in charming Krakow, historic and cultural capital of Poland which for the last several years has hosted the conclusive time trial for the Tour de Pologne. We’re starting off again from the exact same place where we left off in 2016, from the main Market Square (Rynek Glowny) in Krakow, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The arrival will take place along a long straightaway in Aleja Focha.
It will be a flat stage which will however feature two category IV GPMs, placed on two steep stretches at km 71.4 and at km 97. These will assign the first cyclamen Tauron jersey for the Mountain Grand Prix. At km 112.6 there will also be an interval milepost that will assign the first points for the blue Lotto jersey that goes to the most active rider in the group.
The final part of the stage is made up of a 4 km circuit to be repeated 3 times. Presumably it will be a bunch sprint finish with the sprinters’ squadrons most likely leaving little room for the attackers, who will be trying to put their leaders into a position to vie for the stage victory that will assign the first yellow Carrefour jersey in the 2017 Tour de Pologne. Starting this year Carrefour is the new title sponsor of the Tour de Pologne’s yellow jersey.
The classifications for the 2017 Tour de Pologne:
Carrefour yellow jersey (general classification)
Tauron cyclamen jersey (best climber)
Hyundai white jersey (best sprinter)
Lotto blue jersey (most active rider in the group)
Lotos – Classification for best Polish rider