The starting line up is starting to take shape for the 69th Tour de Pologne scheduled from the 10th to the 16th of July, 2012. According to the UCI's international regulations, in addition to the World Tour formations who participate by right in the Polish stage race, the organisers have the right to invite another five formations to their race.
At the moment the Lang Team has assigned the first four wild cards, which went to the Polish National team and another three squads belonging to the Professional Continental category: American Team Type1-Sanofi, Italian Colnago-Csf Inox and Spanish Caja Rural. Soon the organisers will also reveal the name of the fifth and last wild card available for the 2012 race.
"For the 2012 wild card assignments we received lots of requests to participate from teams all over the world and for us this is a source of enormous satisfaction because it underscores once again how this race is growing in importance," explains Tour de Pologne Director Czeslaw Lang. "Actually we've assigned four out of the five available wild cards. For the Polish National team the Tour de Pologne represents the major event of the season. Every year the National team riders light up the race and honour this commitment to the fullest. Last year the Fiat red jersey that distinguishes the most active rider in the pack was won by none other than a Polish National rider, Adrian Kurek. To ride on hometown streets wearing the National jersey is always wonderful; also for our young riders the Tour de Pologne is an important showcase to stand out on an international level."
"I'm sure that Team Type1-Sanofi will know how to make a good impression and give an important contribution to our race," emphasises Czeslaw Lang. "We chose this team because it showed great interest in the Tour de Pologne. In one year they've managed to grow and become an international-level team. Their ranks include athletes from several important countries, and there are some excellent elements; in 2011 they raced throughout the world, obtaining important victories and placements. It's also worth highlighting the generous project that the American team is pursuing with commitment and determination, which aims to motivate diabetics to take up sports, raising world awareness for this condition, an important message they will also be able to convey in Poland."
"Finally, regarding the decision to invite Colnago - Csf Inox and Caja Rural, I can say that up to now they've always proven to be two very valid teams with young and talented riders. Among its ranks Caja Rural also features a young Polish rider, Karol Domagalski" explains Lang. "Surely both teams will line up two very competitive formations for the start of Tour de Pologne and they won't miss their chance to do battle and light up the race."