Team Novo Nordisk set for return to WorldTour stage race Tour de Pologne
27 July 2023
Team Novo Nordisk have a busy week on the cards with double stage race action in both the Czech Republic and in Poland at one of the team’s key targets of the year, the Tour de Pologne.
The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team go into the seven-day race on a high after 21-year-old Filippo Ridolfo’s stunning second place at GP Kranj on Sunday and the young Italian will be joined in Poland by fellow second year pro Matyas Kopecky and team captain Andrea Peron.
“It’s that time of year again where we return to one of the most prestigious and important races on our calendar, the Tour de Pologne,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “We’re extremely happy to be racing again in Poland and even more so on the back of such a strong result from Filippo and the team at GP Kranj last weekend.”
“Going into one of your season objectives and carrying some form with you is an excellent confidence booster and it’s going to be important that we race to our maximum ability here in Poland. We know the Tour de Pologne well and we know how difficult it is for us, but as past results show there are opportunities there for us and we need to make sure we take them.”
Tour du Rwanda stage winner David Lozano and Hungarian veteran Peter Kusztor will play key roles while Italian puncheur Umberto Poli and Manxman Sam Brand line up in support.
“We had another really good day in Slovenia on Sunday and it’s definitely a reflection of the team spirit we have at the moment,” said Peron.
“We need to keep the momentum going here in Poland and see if we can continue on the upward curve.”
“It’s always a hard race, but there’s a good mix of terrain where we can try to get a result in the sprints and go for the breakaway. A race like the Tour de Pologne is a massive platform for us to share our message and mission to inspire, educate and empower everyone affected by diabetes and our goal is to do that while doing the best we can in the race.”
Team Novo Nordisk at Tour de Pologne. 29th July – 4th August:
Sam Brand (GBR, 31)
David Lozano (ESP, 34)
Peter Kusztor (HUN, 38)
Matyas Kopecky (CZ, 20)
Andrea Peron (IT, 34)
Umberto Poli (IT, 26)
Filippo Ridolfo (IT, 21)
Friday 29th July, Stage 1: Poznan – Poznan, 183.7km
Saturday 30th July, Stage 2: Leszno – Karpacz, 202.9km
Monday 31st July, Stage 3: Walbrzych – Duszniki-Zdroj, 163.3km
Tuesday 1st August, Stage 4: Strzelin – Opole, 198.6km
Wednesday 2nd August, Stage 5: Pszczyna – Bielsko-Biala, 198.8km
Thursday 3rd August, Stage 6: Katowice – Katowice (ITT) 16.6km
Friday 4th August, Stage 7: Zabrze – Krakow, 166.6km