Tour de Pologne, 30 July - 5 August, 2.UWT

One of the less famous WT stage races – but still there should be some action to watch, as the race profile is designed to provide for an entertaining battle for single seconds between the top contenders until the very end.

As almost every year, the route is preferring hilly/classic specialists who are also doing well in TT. Sprinters will have their chances as well. No terrain for pure climbers.

Stage 1: Kielce – Lublin, 219 km (Saturday 30 July)

Long flat stage, not much more to add.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/ef/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-1-profile-67ab059f31.jpg

Sprint specialists should have their chance to grab a yellow, unless the short bump inside the last kilometer will do some damage (which is not very likely):

https://www.tourdepologne.pl/wp-content/uploads/2022/mapy/79-1-3km.jpg

Stage 2: Chełm – Zamość, 205 km (Sunday 31 July)

Another long flat stage for the sprinters.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/aa/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-2-profile-25646eae22.jpg

Stage 3: Kraśnik – Przemyśl, 240 km (Monday 1 August)

The longest stage – and perhaps the decisive one as it features a sequence of short-but-kinda-steep-climbs after a long distance before:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/dc/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-3-profile-60dc13afd9.jpg

And – which is maybe even more important – it ends on a steep HTF:

https://www.tourdepologne.pl/wp-content/uploads/2022/mapy/79-3-3km.jpg

Stage 4: Lesko – Sanok, 179 km (Tuesday 2 August)

Hilly terrain, resembling much to Ardennes-type profile:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/ce/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-4-profile-ffb8e1fc33.jpg

Normally, sprinters could have their another opportunity – but the finish is on a top of a short hill inside the historical city centre (pave):

https://www.tourdepologne.pl/wp-content/uploads/2022/mapy/79-4-3km.jpg

Stage 5: Łańcut – Rzeszów, 178 km (Wednesday 3 August)

One more hilly stage:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/eb/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-5-profile-a17b1dade6.jpg

The finish is on the flat and should suit the sprinters.

Stage 6: Nowy Targ – Stacja Narciarska Rusiński, ITT 11 km (Thursday 4 August)

A stage which may also impact the GC of the race, even if the distance is not long. The route goes uphill for (almost) the whole distance, but the gradients are rather shallow:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/images/profiles/ap/cf/tour-de-pologne-2022-stage-6-profile-44927de85a.jpg

Stage 7: Skawina – Kraków, 178 km (Friday 5 August)

Hilly in the first part, the stage ends on a traditional flat circuit race inside the city of Cracow. A sprinter should take his scalp:


Starting list (not final yet): https://tdp.infocity.pl/lista_startowa.asp?lng=pl Not very impressive as per WT stage race standards. Honorable mentions:

QST – Cavendish
TBV – Bilbao, Bauhaus
BOH – Bennett, Higuita
GFC – Demare
IGD – Carapaz, Kwiatkowski, Viviani
LTS – de Gendt
UAD – Ackermann, Formolo, Ulissi
 
One of the less famous WT stage races – but still there should be some action to watch, as the race profile is designed to provide for an entertaining battle for single seconds between the top contenders until the very end.
If you're in Poland...
I'm impressed you can even be bothered making a thread for this mysteriously Lesser Known (WT) Race.
 
Awful route. An no tv-coverage?

This is really bad. With the Benelux Tour also cancelled the last third of the race calendar this year is just dreadful. UCI really needs to do something the coming years about the calender after the Tour.
 
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Please stop this Jancouvering...
TDU at least had/has/will-be-having live coverage.
If TdP gets live coverage again, I'll be totally fine with it being a WT race.

However, it is possible I have been over-reacting. Here's the YouTube channel, and while the organisers haven't confirmed anything yet, it's reasonable to assume that they'll post the live coverage on there.

Tour de Pologne - YouTube
 
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TDU at least had/has/will-be-having live coverage.
If TdP gets live coverage again, I'll be totally fine with it being a WT race.

However, it is possible I have been over-reacting. Here's the YouTube channel, and while the organisers haven't confirmed anything yet, it's reasonable to assume that they'll post the live coverage on there.

Tour de Pologne - YouTube
You've previously been informed that there will be TV coverage in Polish which is not ideal for a WT race BUT I'm used to watching races in foreign languages - Just finished watching Castilla Y Leon in Spanish.
 
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main issue is not no (international) coverage, but no climbs. What happened to the good stages?
The race has to accomodate various cities and towns that pay for being a starting/finishing place to be financially sustainable but there are very few mountainous regions in Poland and most of them far away from populated areas so it's very difficult to put something together.
 
I'm totally fine with watching races in foreign languages.
But remember the whole geo-restricted discussion from the General News Thread?
Does that mean some people on the forum can't read what we were saying?!

I randomly quite liked this race when I could watch it. Probably this, Wallonie and the Eneco Tour helped with post grand tour blues or something.
 

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