Although the Tour de France ended only days ago, there’s three WorldTour races on tap this weekend: The Tour of Poland, San Sebastian, and the budding RideLondon event. Both San Sebastian on Saturday and RideLondon on Sunday are one day races while Tour of Poland spans a week
Tour of Poland
Cannondale-Drapac will bring Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Kristijan Koren, Toms Skujins, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Tom Van Asbroeck, and Davide Villella to the Tour of Poland.
“The team we have is solid. We are going to try every day to sprint, and also in the mountain stages we have possibilities,” said director Fabrizio Guidi. “Our group is motivated and healthy and the course suits us. There’s no final TT. The shorter stages and nervous course will make this race interesting. We are ready.”
Toms Skujins has had his eyes on the race for some time, as he presses forward after a
“The plan is simple. Race and test the body,” Skujins said. “Clearly I have done just two races since my crash in California and I’ve been training hard, so now I am just going to test out the body in racing. Training has been going really well and the body feels great, but once you throw yourself into a race and push yourself to the limit it’s a bit different. I’m pumped to test myself out and build a good block of intensity in for the second part of the year.”
“The fans in Poland are pretty cool and I’ve acquired quite a few there,” Skujins, who hails from Latvia, noted. “I’ve also raced plenty around Poland when I was coming through the ranks, so it’s a bit like coming back to the roots, only at higher speeds and with a deeper field. On top of that, add good hotels and organizers that really make an effort to make the race exciting and enjoyable. It’s a winning combo.”
Poland marks the first race back for a number of the Giro team since the Tour de Suisse, Joe Dombroski being one of them.
“I’m excited to get back into racing after a break with Tour of Poland. I’ve never done the race, so it will be a new experience for me. I’ve also never been to Poland, so I’m actually really looking forward to seeing a new part of the world,” Dombrowski said. “The plan is to race the Vuelta later this summer, and this will be a different preparation than I have done the past couple years. I think it’s a good change. In addition, my last name is Dombrowski and I am part Polish, so there is that.”
Cannondale-Drapac for Tour of Poland:
Tom Van Asbroeck
Note: Previously announced as part of the Cannondale-Drapac Tour of Poland roster, Davide Formolo will not start due to illness
Clasica San Sebastian is a beautiful, aggressive race that favors an opportunistic climber. In the shadow of the Tour de France, it often provokes those with Tour legs to give them one more try. Cannondale-Drapac’s lineup features five who are fresh off the Tour: Rigoberto Uran, Alberto Bettiol, Nate Brown, Simon Clarke, and Andrew Talansky. Brendan Canty, Hugh Carthy and Wouter Wippert round out the team.
“San Sebastian is a perfect race if you come out good from the Tour,” said sport director Juanma Garate. “This week is hard for them. They are tired and empty but if they can keep focus with a high professional attitude they can make the difference on Saturday. We will be a favorite team at the start. Everybody knows that Rigo finished the Tour really strong and with a physical condition in progress. We will race with confidence in our possibilities and with a single objective: to win the bike race.”
American Nate Brown, fresh off the Tour, will take his second San Sebastian start.
“This is the first time I’ve raced so soon after a grand tour. I feel like it could go either way. I could feel amazing. I could feel horrible. I’m excited to see what happens,” Brown said. “San Sebastian is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s so beautiful. I love the racing there.”
Cannondale-Drapac for San Sebastian:
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
The RideLondon race has been on the calendar since 2011, but already it has the feel of a race much more prominent. It’s WorldTour for the first time in its history, and teams send solid squads in hopes of taking a victory in one of the world’s great cities. Cannondale-Drapac starts with a team that includes: Alberto Bettiol, Will Clarke, Sebastian Langeveld, Ryan Mullen, Dylan van Baarle, Sep Vanmarcke and Wouter Wippert.
“The race is pretty open, which means that there are several possibilities to win,” said sport director Ken Vanmarcke. “Halfway we have some nice climbs, where the peloton can split, and a select group can go to the final. Depending on how many sprint teams there are, there is also a chance to get everything together and sprint for the victory. We have a good mix of riders for both situations. It’s a pretty new race, but already has a big name on the race calendar. It’s very cool to race in a famous city like London.”
Sunday will mark the third time Will Clarke has lined up for RideLondon.
“I am really looking forward to this race. It can be quite open, which I like. It can suit aggressive racing. Being my third participation, I know the roads a bit now. I have family in the UK too so it will be nice to race in front of them as well,” Clarke said. “We definitely have a strong team for this race. We have some of the best classics guys in the peloton on our team with Sep, Sebastian and Dylan. I think we will look to race aggressively. We have big engines in the team who can race hard all day and a course like this really suits us.”
Cannondale-Drapac for RideLondon:
Dylan van Baarle