[Underneath was written prior to the start of the race and it hasn’t been updated since.]
The Dutch climber is the best Tour de France-rider competing in Poland. He finished sixt in France. He is back on track after both health and private issues in recent years. In the past, he won the Tour of California, Grand de Quebec and Grand Prix de Montreal, so the terrain suits him.
The World Champion races for his home-crowd, a fact that inspired Rafal Majka last year to win the GC. The route suits him with a mixture of hills, no high mountains, and a closing ITT. The Tour de France turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment with him abandoning, Poland is the perfect place for revenge.
In May, the Italian talent was only outperformed by Alberto Contador in the Giro, but he pocketed two stage-wins nevertheless. It is the first time he starts in Poland after having raced only Grand Tours and one-day races in recent years
The 25-year old Russian is a time trialing specialist who can digest hills very well, as proven by him winning the Tour de Romandie and riding well in the Tour of the Basque Country. Strong season with a Giro stage-win also.
Tour de Pologne 2015: Route, profiles and more
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