The Lang Team is pleased to announce that Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will participate in the Tour de Pologne – UCI World Tour from July 29th to August 4th. For the two-time World Champion the Polish stage race will mark a return to competition. Sagan’s presence will be an important contribution that will add further value to the start list for the 74th Tour de Pologne, which has grown into a high class event full of major stars.
Thus Peter Sagan is returning to the roads where he shone in 2011, the year he won the race, clinching the yellow jersey at the end of a fascinating, head-to-head duel with Daniel Martin that lasted all the way to the final stage; Sagan also captured two stage victories and the jersey for the points’ classification. It was an important victory that helped the then twenty-one-year-old Slovak rider to evolve into a major figure in major cycling’s international scene.
“Although six years have passed since my last participation at the Tour de Pologne, I will never forget how I felt in 2011 when I stood on the final podium in Krakow with the yellow jersey. It was my first overall victory in a major stage race and one of my best moments as a young rider. I’m happy to announce that I will be back for the 2017 edition and I look forward to an exciting week of racing in Poland. See you in Krakow in two weeks,” says Peter Sagan.
“I am happy to have Peter Sagan with us once again on the roads of the Tour de Pologne. It’s an honour to have the World Champion jersey here in the pack. All the fans still have an indelible memory of Peter’s great victory here in Poland in 2011; it was a thrilling edition full of surprises all the way to the final metre, with Marcel Kittel’s victories in the sprints and the battle between Peter Sagan and Daniel Martin for the yellow jersey. All these riders have become major champions, confirming the role that the Tour de Pologne plays in highlighting young talent and helping them emerge. I’m sure that this year, too, with his participation Sagan will contribute to making the race even more compelling and spectacular,” says the general director for the Tour de Pologne, Czeslaw Lang.