2021 JOÃO ALMEIDA
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BACK TO NORMALITY AND THE EAST

After the exceptionally demanding task of organizing the 77th Tour de Pologne, since it played out during the corona virus pandemic, in 2021 we began to return to normalcy. Indeed there was more than one return. After many years of the most important Tour de Pologne events taking place mainly in the south of Poland, this time the race moved east. The peloton visited completely new cities: Lublin, Chełm, Zamość, Przemyśl and Sanok. Neither was there a typical mountain stage, although the route nevertheless turned out to be very demanding. The race started the day after the Tokyo Olympics ended. There was also no lack of stars on the route: Tim Wellens, Dylan Teuns, Michał Kwiatkowski, Diego Ulissi, Ilnur Zakarin, Fernando Gaviria and Matej Mohoric are just a few of the starting list’s big names, known to probably every cycling fan.

A 23-YEAR-OLD PORTUGUESE RIDER’S TRIUMPH

The 78th Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour (August 9-15, 2021) could be said to belong to 23-year-old Joao Almeida. The Portuguese rider, wearing number 1, was awarded the leader's yellow jersey after winning the second stage in Przemyśl and never gave it up. He also won the fourth stage in Bukowina Tatrzańska, and on the sixth (penultimate) stage, i.e. the individual time trial in Katowice, he was second, ahead of all the most dangerous competitors. Almeida also triumphed in the points classification – as the best sprinter. The other classifications were won accordingly: the mountain classification by Łukasz Owsian from the Polish national team, the active classifications by the Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert), and the team classification by the Belgian team Deceuninck-Quick Step. The Portuguese rider achieved his first three victories in the World Tour event in Poland (two stages won plus the general classification), but is already a very well-known cyclist. He was a revelation in the Giro d'Italia 2020 race, in which he rode 15 stages in the pink leader's jersey and finished just behind the podium.

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The best of the Polish riders, Michał Kwiatkowski, took third place in the general classification. The winner of the 2018 Tour de Pologne had a burning ambition to take advantage of the form he was in for the Tokyo Olympics and repeat the success. His plans had been even more aspiring, but in the end the 2014 world champion was pleased with his performance. – I must admit I tried to win this race, but being on the podium is certainly a great satisfaction. I worked hard for it, my team too – he said in Krakow, at the finish line of the last stage.

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FAREWELL TO TWO SPECIAL RIDERS

The 78th edition of our national tour saw two great cyclists bid farewell to their Polish fans. In 2021, Tomasz Marczyński and Michał Gołaś ended their careers. Marczyński is a former Polish champion and winner of two stages of the Spanish Vuelta. Gołaś, in 2011 the winner of the Tour de Pologne’s mountain classification, also won the gold medal of the Polish championship, and recently served as the team’s so-called road captain and was one of the best tacticians in the peloton. It was his experience and knowledge of the specifics of the race that enabled the young Paweł Siwakow to triumph in the 2019 Tour de Pologne.

2020 Remco Evenepoel
2019 Paweł Siwakow
2018 MICHAŁ KWIATKOWSKI
2017 DYLAN TEUNS
2016 TIM WELLENS
2015 Ion Izagirre
2014 Rafał Majka
2013 Pieter Weening
2012 Moreno Moser
2011 Peter Sagan
2010 Daniel Martin
2009 Allesandro Ballan
2008 Jens Voigt
2007 JOHAN VANSUMMEREN
2006 STEFAN SCHUMACHER
2005 KIM KIRCHEN
2002 – 2004
1999-2001
1996-1998
1993-1995
1947-1992 IN THE SHADOW OF THE PEACE RACE
1928-1939 BEGINNINGS