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Tour of Poland 2013-Saturday 27th July - 3rd August

1 Saturday, July 27 (185 km)
Rovereto (ITALY) → Madonna di Campiglio (ITALY)

2 Sunday, July 28 (196 km)
Marilleva Val di Sole (ITALY) → Passo Pordoi (ITALY)

R Monday, July 29
Rest day (Travel to Poland)

3 Tuesday, July 30 (226 km)
Kraków → Rzeszów Podkarpackie

4 Wednesday, July 31 (232 km)
Tarnów → Katowice

5 Thursday, August 1 (161 km)
Nowy Targ → Zakopane

6 Friday, August 2 192 km
BUKOVINA Terma Hotel Spa → Bukowina Tatrzańska

7 Saturday, August 3 37 km
Wieliczka → Kraków

 Total Distance 1229 km

Note my FP (could be)
GC - Vincenzo Nibali
Stage 1 - Vincenzo Nibali
Stage 2 - Vincenzo Nibali

There, that's got you interested in this event.  Very Happy

I wonder who Sky will make team leader ?
Are the teams really just 6 riders ?

There is a Team Columbia and a kind of Polish national team.

Nice and bumpy parcours.
Penultimate stage has about 4000m of climbing.
It is just up and down all day repeating the same hills 5 times.

This has been a really good race for the last few years - looking forward to it...
mr shifter

gerry12ie wrote:
This has been a really good race for the last few years - looking forward to it...
Well they have spiced it up this year and I can't see the old format of - "up and down dual carriageways".
Hope you have seen the startlist.

The FP thread for the Tour of Poland is now available here

why do they spoil those 2 lovely mountain top finishes with a 37km time trial?

Nolte wrote:
why do they spoil those 2 lovely mountain top finishes with a 37km time trial?

Probably because the stage before it has 14 climbs... Wink

The TT itself is a bit lumpy as well.  It could be an interesting week as it kicks off with two big climbing stages and most days afterwards are rolling and bumpy.  I wouldn't like to call the overall just yet...

Here you go:
Stage 1

Stage 2

-Rest day when they go back to Poland -
Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

So are any of the usual suspects carrying Poland live, or is it just evening highlights on ES?

San Sebastian seems to be going live in about 20 mins on ES and RAIS 2.

I can't even find a stream for Poland Sad

I thought with it having an Italian flavour this year RAI might carry it, but seems not.

Off to sister in laws birthday BBQ now. Have this for weather Confused


There isn't even highlights on ES.  Ulissi took the opener from Atapuma and nextbigthing Majka...

1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:59:32
2 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
4 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
9 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
10 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge
11 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
12 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
13 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
14 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling
15 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice
16 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:53
17 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
18 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) 0:01:07
19 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team
20 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura

Davide, eh?

Perhaps the biggest surprise today, apart from the resurgence of Basso was the lacklustre form of two GT champions.. Wiggo & Nibs marking each other 9 minutes back!!

gerry12ie wrote:

There isn't even highlights on ES.  Ulissi took the opener from Atapuma and nextbigthing Majka...

Eh? Confused
I've just watched my recording of Eurosport's live coverage.
On, right on cue, 15 minutes after San Seb.
I do know that a number of "Eurosports" swapped from 1 to 2,
but I'm pretty sure it was there, for all.

Pretty poor relay, which a fair bit of picture break up early on.
Pretty decent action on the climb, but Kirby absolutely slaughtered
the commentary; words pouring from his mouth, with his brain in neutral.

No fp success, but I bagged a 1-2 for my CQ season long fantasy team. Smile

Stage 1 highlights are on for an hour, tomorrow, immediately before the Pordoi stage. 12-30BST (13-30CET)

gerry12ie wrote:

Davide, eh?


Yeah, amazing how it's only taken him 41 years to learn how to climb the long ones.
If it's not a sign of a much cleaner peloton, then.........................

Apparently Davide was heard saying "the peloton is cleaner otherwise I wouldn't be able to get results like this".

I eventually spotted that ES2 Germany were carrying it live, but I don't get that one. Have just finished "watching" the post midnight highlight show on ES1 Germany. Inverted commas cos I'm a bit dozy after beer and sausages. Thunder and lightning had the decency to wait until 10:30 pm Smile

Better coverage today. I even caught the Pampeago on TVP.
KOD for Ulissi. Out the back before the final climb.
Down to Team Darwin, but we maybe on for a Riblon repeat.

Just finished the highlights. Not the best camerawork. No idea what was happening in peloton for most of the climb. Coverage ends up being very monotone Confused

Nice win for Riblon though.

No live coverage on ES today!  Annoying seeing as I couldn't get ES player to work yesterday.  It's OK today Evil or Very Mad

But of course, as I've just rememberer, today is a rest day!

what is interesting is how the top 15 from the madonna di campiglio fare on sunday

1. [ITA]   Ulyssess Diego LAM -67th at 27 minutes
2. [COL]   ATAPUMA HURTADO Jhon Darwin COL - 32nd at 6'42
3. [POL]   MAJKA Rafal TST - 5th at 1'35 with Henao.
4. [ITA]   CAPECCHI Eros MOV - 10th at 1'44
5. [ITA]   BASSO Ivan CAN - 13th at 1'51
6. [ITA]   POZZOVIVO Domenico ALM - 9th at 1'44
7. [ESP]   IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Ion EUS - 8th at 1'44
8. [USA]   HOWES Alex GRS - 16th at 2'19
9. [BEL]   HERMANS Ben RLT -18th at 2'45
10. [NED]   WEENING Pieter OGE - 6th at 1'38
11. [CRO]   KISERLOVSKI Robert RLT - 12th at 1'47
12. [ESP]   MORENO BAZAN Javier MOV - 23rd at 3'21
13. [DEN]   SŘRENSEN Chris Anker TST - 7th at 1'40
14. [COL]   HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis SKY - 4th at 1'35
15. [ITA]   REBELLIN Davide CCC - 26th at 4'44

the biggest surprises being ulysses and atapuma pride dropping way down the standings especially considering how geared up the colombia coldeportes team were for the stage.

Yeah, the mismatch between the two on the surface similar looking days in Italy was eye catching. Nibali tweeting that it's 42 degrees in Poland!

The break is going to be gobbled up...

Thor gets it today!

Interesting chase, but a bit of a nothing sprint, sans trains.
Was going to fp Von Hoff, but ended up going with Argos's Italian job. Embarassed

Blimey, Thor Hushovd.  Didn't he retire after winning the Worlds?  Or was that Gilbert? Wink  Very Happy

Great work by Phinney though...

Could be interesting ....


I think that's just the strength of the wine from the vineyard. It is Poland after all Wink

Biosphere wrote:
I think that's just the strength of the wine from the vineyard. It is Poland after all Wink

Brilliant Bio! Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Well, it would be, except that photo was taken from stage 2 in Italy. Wink
Got the circuit wrong. Not lumpy and cobbled, flat and ugly.
Terrible stage.
Think I'll try the T of Denmark instead.

Couldn't even see that there was Italian when I squinted at the phone last night Embarassed

Phinney's solo ride rescues a criminally dull stage.
The 6 man team idea at work.

Not that it changes the world, but I just won't be around much (recently) and in the near future.  It happens.  Missed all the racing during the last few days.  Oh well.

Glad Phinney won though.  Even quite happy Thor picked up a victory.  Picked neither of them.

very exciting stage finish today. good on phinney for winning and holding on.

Not much interest the past two days...

Atapuma take today's stage
mr shifter

berck wrote:
Not much interest the past two days...

Atapuma take today's stage

Come now, this had an interesting finish.   Rolling Eyes
Atapuma gets revenge with Tour of Poland stage win
He attacked on the final climb and was caught in the last 2 kilometers by stage 2 winner Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale).
The Frenchman, seeking to take the race lead, was then forced to do most of the work, and Atapuma was able to get his revenge for being drummed out of the stage 5 breakaway by taking the stage 6 victory.

Christophe Riblon is now the race leader by 19 seconds.

I thought today was a great stage; action all the way. (except for that bloody graphic blocking out the screen every 5 minutes)
That circuit has become a firm favourite of mine. Killer middle climb really whittled the field down. Pretty scenic, too.
Great result for Darwin, well deserved.
Trouble is, I've only just finish watching it.

HuwB wrote:
Trouble is, I've only just finish watching it.

Try waiting on the Germans Rolling Eyes

Would love to spectate (and take photos) on a day like today - beautiful weather and they keep coming by all day long.

I have missed alot of this race (partly through stupidity Rolling Eyes) but yesterday's stage was great.  I'm not sure what the Italian front-loaded segment added to the race as it just set up a TT that's way too long.  It might have been better to throw in another stage or two like yesterday's and scrap the TT, or at least halve the distance and keep the race in Poland.  Still, kudos to the organisers for trying something different and in fairness I couldn't say with any certainty who is going to take overall.  

Atapuma was obviously racing like a man scorned yesterday, and Riblon has had an exceptional few weeks without raising the eyebrows in the same way that Santambrogio did.  Were I Henao or Kangert I might be a tad pissed off being the lead on a six man team that has had to cart around Florentine tourists for the week.  Why can't bicycle racers just race the event they are actually in?

Well, well, Weening.  I wouldn't have picked him this morning, or indeed last week but consistency paid off in the end.

No kidding gerry Smile

Weening winning an overall??

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