INTERMARCHÉ
WANTY GOBERT

Tour de Pologne

Debut for Girmay Hailu


This Monday, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux will participate to its first Tour de Pologne (2.WT, 9-15/8). The 78th edition of the race starts on Lublin’s Castle Square and concludes in Krakow’s Blonia Park next Sunday. In seven stages, the Tour of Poland crosses four provinces in the southern part of the country. Only two of seven stages are rather flat: the 19 kilometer time trial through the historical centre of Krakow on the penultimate day and the 143 kilometer final stage. The five preceding stages are demanding and filled with short and middle long hills. This Tour of Poland is also marked by uphill finishes: stage 1 in Chelm, stage 2 in Przemyśl (1.5km at 8%), stage 4 in Bukowina Resort (1.9km at 7.3%) and stage 5 in Bielsko-Biala. Punchers and climbers will receive many opportunities. The organization also offers variety in the length of the courses. With the first three stages being longer than 200 kilometer, the final stage is only 143 kilometer. The successor of Remco Evenepoel will be known after this apotheosis in Krakow next Sunday.

The selection of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux is composed of five different nationalities. Dutch rider Taco van der Hoorn and Italians Andrea Pasqualon and Lorenzo Rota participated at this Tour de Pologne before. Rota is recovered from his crash in the final of the Clasica San Sebastian which took away his podium chances. At the same time of this Clasica San Sebastian, Georg Zimmermann was victorious in the Tour de l’Ain. The German rider is also in great shape, just like Belgian riders Quinten Hermans and Pieter Vanspeybrouck. Finally, Biniam Girmay Hailu will make his debut for the Belgian team. Sport directors Hilaire Van der Schueren and Steven De Neef will travel from the Sazka Tour to Poland to guide the team.

Our seven rider are all in good shape and will be offered the opportunity to realize their personal ambitions. Day by day, we will decide on who will be sprinting for the victory. Both a stage win and doing well in the general classification are our goals. The time trial will be our sticking point, but of course we'll also try our best there. The performances of the last couple of weeks showed that Zimmermann, Rota and Hermans will be able to achieve good results on all parcours. The German rider is living a dream since his victory in the Tour de l'Ain. For me, Rota is the winner of the Clasica San Sebastian, that crash was such a pity. And also Hermans has proven that he's able to do this. I'm happy to welcome Biniam Girmay Hailu for the first time in our selection. Both the atmosphere and motivation as the results are really good here in the Czech Tour. So I really want to transfer this to our riders at the Tour de Pologne!

Hilaire Van der Schueren (Sports Director) Tweet

Tour de Pologne:
Stage 1
(09/08): Lublin – Chełm (216,4km)
Stage 2 (10/08): Zamość – Przemyśl (200,8km)
Stage 3 (11/08): Sanok – Rzeszów (226,4km)
Stage 4 (12/08): Tarnów – Bukovina Resort (159,9km)
Stage 5 (13/08): Chochołów, Gmina Czarny Dunajec – Bielsko-Biała (172,8km)
Stage 6 (14/08): Katowice – Katowice (19,1 km) (= ITT)
Stage 7 (15/08): Zabrze – Kraków (145,1km) 

Selection:
Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
Quinten Hermans
Andrea Pasqualon
Lorenzo Rota
Taco van der Hoorn
Pieter Vanspeybrouck
Georg Zimmermann

Sportive Direction:
Hilaire Van der Schueren
Steven De Neef

RESULTS

General Classification

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