PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – 70th TOUR OF POLAND 2013
One of the beauties of the sport of cycling is its strong historical tradition that combines so successfully with its ability to move with the times.
The Tour de Pologne epitomises this winning combination. First staged in 1928, this wonderful stage race, which became an annual event in 1952, will this year celebrate its 70th anniversary. That represents a very great number of stages, winners, kilometres covered and exciting duels among some of the great names of cycling.
It is events such as the Tour de Pologne, so steeped in tradition, that form the backbone of our wonderful sport. But race director Czeslaw Lang and his team have never been ones to rest on their laurels. Which is why, in 2013, they are introducing a pilot project aimed to make the racing even more exciting and attractive to fans and the general public.
A series of contests - such as intermediate sprints, mountain pass or hill contests - will allow riders to win bonus points, adding an extra edge to each day of racing. I am very much looking forward to witnessing the outcome of this initiative, which we envisage introducing to other UCI WorldTour events in 2014.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers, local authorities, sports bodies and volunteers who ensure that this wonderful event can take place without a hitch.
To the riders, who will set off in Italy on July 27th and cover a total of 1227 km during seven days of racing.... the road is long but will no doubt be filled with excitement and some of cycling's great moments. Good luck to all of you.