Tour de Pologne comes to an end in downtown Krakow
05 August 2022
This year’s Tour de Pologne drew to a close with the traditional high-speed sprint finale on the tree lined avenues of Krakow city center with Italian Andrea Peron coming close to another top 20 to cap off a hard week of racing for Team Novo Nordisk.
The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team started the WorldTour race in a positive manner with Sam Brand straight up the road into the breakaway on stage one and GP Kranj winner Peron sprinting into the top 20. However, successive long days over 200km and challenging terrain took their toll and as for many other teams, the aim increasingly became about making it to the end.
Andrea Peron (ITA):
“The climbs at the beginning of the stage were actually ok. I was worried before that we would be hitting them at full pace like the days before, but the pace was more controlled. I mean it was a hard start, but we came through it ok and after the break went, we sat on.”
“It’s been a tough week of racing but nothing that we didn’t expect and it’s a shame to start with a top 20 and end by coming so close to another one. I had higher expectations, but this is a WorldTour race so we should be happy with how we rode and look ahead to the Tour of Denmark now.”
Head Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana:
“This race is always hard, there are no easy races at this level, but after such a positive start it’s a shame that we couldn’t build on it and create some momentum. The guys did their best and I’m proud of how they fought every day and how much we put into showing ourselves in such a big race. That’s part of the inspirational aspect of our team, to be out there sharing our message for everyone around the world affected by diabetes.”
All images ⒸMario Stiehl