More than 1500 cyclists were on the starting line today at the splendid Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa to participate in the Tour de Pologne Amatorow, the amateur stage, powered by Bank BGŻ, in the Tour de Pologne. The colourful snaking procession took off at 10:30 a.m. to pedal for 56.6 kilometres on part of the same route that the pros rode today in the crowning stage of Bukowina Tatrzanska, which will most likely determine the winner of the 2011 Tour de Pologne. There were tons of fans from Poland and abroad who took advantage of this unique event to live a close up experience of the atmosphere on the Tour de Pologne.
General Director of the Tour de Pologne Czeslaw Lang was there for the official start. Lots of special guests showed up on their bikes for the event, including several ex cyclists, politicians and entertainment celebrities. The great Swiss champion Tony Rominger was in the first row of riders, throughout his career he won three editions of the Vuelta España and one Giro d'Italia.
"I'm very happy to be here in Poland," says Rominger. " When we were riders, Czeslaw Lang and I both lived in Italy, on Garda Lake, and we are bound together by lots of fond memories. The Tour de Pologne is a great race that's growing more and more on an international level. I think it's a fantastic initiative to take the fans on a ride here for the occasion of the pro race."
Rominger is optimistic for a final success by Sagan.
This stage is really hard," explains Rominger, "but I think that Peter Sagan has a good chance to defend his jersey and win the Tour de Pologne."
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