For the Romana Kreuziger , Saturday’s start in San Sebastian will be the seventh performance for the most famous Spanish classics, but for the first time in the colors of the Orica team. The historical annals of this race include his name among the winners. In 2009, the goal was the second, but the additional disqualification of Spaniard Barred has raised him to the first place.
Four years ago, Kreuziger was the third, last year. “It’s my favorite classic,” he says. After finishing the Tour, he spent three days at home in Pilsen, where he also fought with colds and colds, and he trained instead on a trainer. “I kind of chuckled when we were flying from Marseilles to Paris towards the end of the Tour.But from Thursday night I’m better again, so I’m looking forward to the race, “he says on a phone call from San Sebastian.
Oriky’s main leader will be like Tour Simon Yates. The team’s bosses expect him to be at the forefront, “says Kreuziger. “The rest of us will see how we feel and how the race will shape.It’s a little looser this time, and the team realizes that it will be a matter of course for the tour after the Tour gets it. ”
Oriel Sports Director Neil Stephens points out:” We are waiting for 230 kilometers a very difficult profile with heavy ramps before the final climb to Alto de Jaizkibel twenty kilometers before the finish. ”
He arrived in Spain on Thursday and traveled from Bilbao airport for 120 kilometers to San Sebastian.
After Friday’s tour of the track on his website he said: “The final hill is too heavy for me, but after Tour I might be better off than others. I like it here, every year I come here full of expectations.It depends on how the race will develop, but if it does well, there is nothing to wait for me and I have to go. ”
The starting list is the world champion Phillip Gilbert , but Štybar points out: “At this point, we do not have a dedicated leader, we have more to do with it.We will be making a decision during the race. ”
The third Czech at the start should be Leopold König, who at the last minute appeared in Bory’s nomination, together with Emanuele Buchmann , the 15th Tour Cyclist.
For König, it is only the third racing season in the season, which has suffered a severe knee injury. He did not finish the start of the start in Mallorca, but he did not enter the Dauphiné stage in June, but the team in the third stage, for preventive reasons, withdrew from the race.He then missed the Czech championship.
His team manager, Ralph Denk, in June then claimed that the König return to the races would start after a further mountain hike in the stages around Poland, but eventually the team decided for a Spanish one. San Sebastian defends Bauke Mollema from Trek and also introduces a number of leading Tour deluxe players, led by Rigober Uranus, Mikel Landa and Simon Yates >.The Greg van Avarmaet Olympic Champion is also missing.
At the same time, however, in Spain, Tom Dumoulin returns to the races, and a pink man from Gira, who meets Sunweb with Warren Barguil , a racing rider from Tour.
The originally reported players are missing Daniel Martin from Quick-Step, the sixth in the Tour’s overall classification. The consequences of his fall in the 9th stage proved to be more serious than he and his team thought.A thorough examination revealed two small lateral fractures in the second and third vertebrae, which require a three-week race break.
“It’s really a shame because I have good legs and I like San Sebastian’s profile,” replied Ir. “But now I have nothing left to do but to relax and then to get to the final part of the season.”
Three Czechs will present themselves in orange jerseys of the CCC Sprandi Polkowice on the track Around Poland, a seven- World Tour, also starting on Saturday.The seven-member nomination for the second-class Polish stables include Jan Hirt, Michal Schlegel and Franz Sisr.
“Hirt i Schlegel went well in the Italian mountains of Giru and we believe they will likewise also in the Polish hills, “says Piotr Wadecki, team leader. “Our goal is to win the stage and ride so aggressively to go to the podium for the tricots of leaders of various classifications.”
The Czechs were preparing for the race at the Livigno camp, where they also went to the famous Gavia Pass .
For Hirto, the 12th in the Italian Grand Tour, it will be the first start from the demanding Giro double cluster – Switzerland.In the latest speculation, he is talking about a possible shift to Astana’s direct-stables or Bahrain Merida.
Schlegel has a contract in the CCC next season. After Giru he managed the race to 23 years of age, where he took third place, and stages around Austria.
In the jersey of the Quick-Step stable, after more than a month of racing, he returns to Petr Vakoč , the third in the Czech championship. On Stage Around Poland, he has only the best memories.In 2014, during his Quick Step season, he won the second stage after a solo leap, he spent four days with a yellow jersey and finished tenth overall.
The race will kick off in Krakow, but the key is to be the final two days in the mountains at the stage of Zakopane and on the circuits in Bukowina Tatrzanska. This time there is no time trial.
Last year defends Tim Wellens from Lotta Soudal.Rowan Dennis, Domenico Pozzovivo, Bob Jungels, Ilnur Zakarin and Weekly Racing Experts will be among the favorites of the overall classification of the Vuelta racing block on Vincenzo Nibali > Simon Spilak .
And first of all: for the first time since his controversial exclusion from the Tour, the double world champion Peter Sagan will be introduced.
London Classic: Green Matthews vs.Sprinters
On Sunday, at the one-time Prudential Ride London – Surrey Cllasic race, newly included in the World Tour, the Czech representative will not miss the start. Jan Bárta </b> will join Bory in Britain, who will rely on Ira Sam Bennett for the supposed sprinter battle.
In a race lacking a defender Tom Boonen, a number of other elite sprinters, including the owner of the green jersey on Michael Matthews Tour, André Greipel, Eli Viviani and John Degenkolb.
The only Czech cyclist from the stables first or the second division that does not rank for this starting number will be Ondřej Cink from Bahrain Merida.After forced resignation from the Tour, he gives peace to his inflamed knee.