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News shorts: Kwiatkowski to ride Tour de Pologne

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Peter Sagan rails a corner during stage 17.

Peter Sagan rails a corner during stage 17.
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Michal Kwiatkowski rides solo during stage 12.

Michal Kwiatkowski rides solo during stage 12. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Sebastian Henao (Team Sky).

Sebastian Henao (Team Sky). (Image credit: Team Sky)
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Fernando Gaviria and Rodolfo Contreras undergo testing with Etixx-QuickStep.

Fernando Gaviria and Rodolfo Contreras undergo testing with Etixx-QuickStep. (Image credit: Etixx-Quick Step)

Kwiatkowski confirmed for the Tour de Pologne

After abandoning the Tour de France on stage 17, world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) is set to make a swift return to racing by lining up at the Tour de Pologne, which gets underway in Warsaw on August 2.

Kwiatkowski’s participation will mark his first appearance in his home tour since he finished second overall behind Moreno Moser in the 2012 edition of the race.

“For me that race was also a discovery of my potential; I always remember it quite fondly,” said Kwiatkowski, who became Poland’s first professional world champion in Ponferrada last Autumn.

“It will be a special feeling to wear the rainbow and ride across my country. I’ve missed the warmth of the Polish fans, although I must say that I’m seeing more and more Polish fans at international races as well.”

Kwiatkowski is one of five Polish riders from WorldTour teams confirmed for the event, along with his teammate Michal Golas, Przemyslaw Niemiec of Lampre-Merida and Tinkoff-Saxo pair Pawel Poljanski and Maciej Bodnar.

“For us the World Champion’s participation is a matter of great pride and satisfaction,” said race director Czeslaw Lang. “Kwiatkowski’s career took off right here, from the Tour de Pologne, when, as a boy he hit the pedals for the first time in the race for little kids which today is called the Nutella Mini Tour de Pologne.”

Sebastian Henao and Fernando Gaviria to ride Tour de l'Avenir for Colombia

Sky’s Sebastian Henao has been named in the Colombian selection for the Tour de l’Avenir, following an amendment to the regulations, which now allow WorldTour riders under the age of 23 to participate in the race.

The 21-year-old Henao will lead the team’s general classification challenge in the absence of 2014 winner Miguel Ángel López. Though still eligible to participate, the neo-professional López is not named in the Colombian roster as he remains in contention for Astana’s team at the Vuelta a España.

World omnium champion Fernando Gaviria and Rodrigo Contreras, who have both impressed at the Tour de San Luis and have signed with Etixx-QuickStep for the 2016 season, are also included in the strong Colombian line-up, along with Aldemar Reyes (GW Shimano), Germán Chaves (Coldeportes - Claro) and Daniel Martínez (Team Colombia).

Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast episode 21: Bardet saves his Tour, UCI check for motors

The Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport. In today’s episode, Stephen Farrand, Zeb Woodpower, Sadhbh O’Shea and Pierre Carrey of Libération and DirectVelo.com focus on Romain Bardet’s stage victory, the likely changes to the general classification with two stages to come in the Alps before Paris and touch on the bike checks that were carried today.

We also hear from Bardet on his first Tour stage win, Andrew Talansky on Cannondale-Garmin’s aggressive tactics and race leader Chris Froome on another day in the yellow jersey.

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