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by Neal Rogers
July 25, 2017
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Rafal Majka will join Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Peter Sagan at the Tour de Pologne, his home race, which he won in 2014. The UCI WorldTour race begins in Krakow on Saturday, July 29, and finishes in Bukowina Tatrzanska on Friday, August 4.
“Unfortunately, Rafal was very unlucky at the Tour de France and he had to withdraw from the race too soon due to injuries resulting from the fall he was caught up in on that difficult day in Chambery. We know that for his part he had already wanted to ride a great Tour de France to then try, if possible, to be ready and competitive here in Poland as well,” said race director Czeslaw Lang. “It makes us and all the Polish fans and enthusiasts very happy to know that he has recovered from that fall and that he will definitely be on the starting grid for the Tour de Pologne.
“The memory of what he has achieved in Poland is still vivid in the hearts and minds of everyone who loves cycling. He accomplished an extraordinary feat with his victory in the 2014 Tour de Pologne, where he took home the yellow jersey by winning the two most spectacular stages – all this after having won two stages and the polka dot jersey as best climber in the Tour de France. Considering this year’s route for the Tour de Pologne, with the two mountain stages in Zakopane and Bukowina Tatrzanska wrapping up the race, I hope that in these days Majka can continue to do well in this period of recuperation and preparation, since he is aiming to have a good race and deliver thrills to all the fans who come out.”
In addition to Sagan and Majka, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) has committed to racing at the Tour de Pologne.
“I am very happy that I will participate in this year’s Tour de Pologne,” Majka said. “This race means so much to me. I won here in 2014. Since then I hadn’t had the chance to ride in it again. So I am glad that this year I will have the opportunity to race in this event once more. After the crash that forced me to drop out of Tour de France, now I am back in training. I’m training at 100 percent; I feel good and strong. I do not want to make any declarations before the Tour de Pologne, but for sure I will fight in the mountain stages and give it everything I have. It is good that the route is even more difficult than the one in 2014. I will be happy to see Polish fans and I’m looking forward to their support.”