One of the biggest stage races outisde of Western Europe is about to begin. It was meant to be the first ever clash for the win at Poland's biggest race between the two best Polish riders of the last decade but, unfortunately, last year's winner Michał Kwiatkowski has decided to skip the race due to the need of recovery. Will Rafał Majka be able to replicate his 2014 level being left as Poland's only realistic hope for a big result in this race?
The route will be a traditional mix of flat and hilly stages. The race will see inclusion of a new hilly stage at stage 4 with the final ascent to Kocierz which includes a very steep fragment but flattens a bit towards the end. The race will traditionally end at Bukowina Tatrzańska but the last stage will also see some changes compared to previous years as the famous Ściana Bukowina will no longer be a penultimate climb but has been moved to an earlier part of the stage.
Stage 1 » Kraków › Kraków (136k)
Stage 2 » Tarnowskie Góry › Katowice (153k)
Stage 3 » Chorzów › Zabrze (157k)
Stage 4 » Jaworzno › Kocierz (173k)
Stage 4 will pass through a town called Wilamowice. Have you ever heard about the Wymysorys language, a West Germanic language spoken by a small comunity living there with about 20 native speakers left?
Stage 5 » Kopalnia Soli „Wieliczka" › Bielsko-Biała (154k)
Stage 6 » Zakopane › Zakopane (155k)
Stage 7 » Bukovina Resort › Bukowina Tatrzańska (132.5k)
Provisional startlist: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-de-pologne/2019/startlist
Includes among others: former winners Rafał Majka and Ion Izagirre + Pavel Sivakov, Bob Jungels, Davide Formolo, Miguel Angel Lopez, Diego Ulissi, Matej Mohoric, Soren Kragh Andersen, Mikel Nieve, Sergio Higuita, Pierre Latour, Bjorg Lambrecht, Simon Spilak and Alexandr Vlasov
a strong sprinting field with: Fabio Jakobsen, Pascal Ackermann, Danny Van Poppel, Fernando Gaviria and John Degenkolb.