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Gallery: Cancellara, Hushovd and Phinney star at the Tour of Poland

Stephen Farrand
July 27, 2013, 09:29,
July 27, 2013, 11:45
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, July 27, 2013
Tour de Pologne
Thor Hushovd in his Norwegian champion's jersey

Thor Hushovd in his Norwegian champion's jersey

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Riders gather for the team presentation in Italy

The 23 teams that will compete in the 70th edition of the Tour de Pologne attended the official presentation on Friday evening, as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) all began the second half of their season with the weeklong WorldTour race.

This year's Tour of Poland begins in Italy, with two mountain stages in the Dolomites before transferring north to Poland on Monday for the final five stages. The race ends on August 3 with a 37km time trial to Krakow.

The team presentation was held at the MART Art museum in Rovereto, whore Saturday's opening stage begins. As part of a new experiment initiated by the UCI to try to create more open, aggressive racing, each team includes just six riders with special time bonuses on offer on each stage to riders who score points in intermediate and mountain sprints.

Nibali and Wiggins face each other for the first time since the Giro d'Italia but the Tour of Poland is the first race for both riders and their form remains a mystery. Both were also absent from the team presentation due to arriving late in Rovereto. However Team Sky can also count on Rigoberto Uran and has Ben Swift for the two expected sprint stages.

Other big names in action at the Tour of Poland include Ivan Basso (Cannondale), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), Giovanni Visconti, Sylvester Szmyd (Movistar), Thor Hushovd, Taylor Phinney, Marco Pinotti and new Italian national champion Ivan Santaromita (BMC). Thomas Dekker and Johan Vansummeren stand out in the Garmin-Sharp line-up.

wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
Phinney looks like he's escorting his sons to a ballgame in that picture.
jayreeding More than 1 year ago
After a few quite months, let the Phinney-hype begin.
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Yes, how is Phinney a "star"? Ridiculous headline hype for an already over-hyped rider. He might get there, but he has long way to go.
rider1000 More than 1 year ago
It's not necessarily due to his results (which are quite impressive, actually), but largely due to the fact that he has a number of fans.
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Yeah, that's exactly my point. His fandom outweighs his achievements.
rider1000 More than 1 year ago
What about now? The only guy listed in the title of this article to NOT win a stage (yet) is Cancellara... Seems like he's living up to a bit of the hype...
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
And he's over 35 minues back after the first stage.
Scott Cugno More than 1 year ago
That what happens when your clean stop hating on Phinney
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
I'm not hating on Phinney. He's a decent rider and likely a nice guy. I'm hating on the hype. Keep his performances in perspective. He doesn't deserve any special attention, that's all. Is it just because he's 'murican?
dadorade More than 1 year ago
Croatian national jersey with checkered patern on kiserlovski is just awsome.