On the 12th of July I will participate in Tour de Pologne. It is the beginning of the second part of the season for us. Someone had a rest after Giro, someone was preparing for the Tour de France. But with the beginning of summer, heat and the European period of holidays some racers become to be tired. And then it will be harder. By the end of the season there are plenty of interesting races. I personally after Poland will race in Tour Wallonia, Rand am Ring, Tour du Limousin, series of classic races in Italy, World Cup and I hope in Giro di Lombardia.
Moreover, do not forget that racers of ProTur must also participate in EnecoTour, Vuelta España. Obviously, many racers usually come to World Cup less motivated. If the Word Cup were in August it would be quite different. I think that in the future European Championship will be hеld in this period of the year and it will become a very important cycling event.
Some words about the next week. Tour de Pologne is a high ProTur race. We really appreciate that our team Gazprom Rusvelo was invited to participate in this race. As expected we are motivated. The race is very interesting and I hope that we will fight for the victory not only in the last two stages when leaders are fighting for classification but initial stages could provoke jumps which will be kept till the finish line. There will be short stages (153 km) and very long ones (240km, 225km,
218km). The mountain roads will hit legs hard. The individual race is not a favorite moment at all, but it will be in the last day. But before this day we will use all our force.