Warsaw, 25 March, 2013 - On Sunday, March 24th, the BGŻ Arena in Pruszkow, Warsaw, set the stage for the evening gala celebrating the 70th Tour de Pologne.
The evening was presented by Barbara Pedrotti and Maciej Kurzajewski and punctuated by music and breath taking light shows as it recalled the most memorable stages from the first 69 editions of the Polish stage race, covering more than 80 years of history since its inception, with black and white images of the pioneers in Polish cycling up until the more recent editions of the UCI World Tour Tour de Pologne. The night's most magical moments were also broadcast on television by channel TVP Info.
As always, Director General of the Tour de Pologne Czeslaw Lang did the honors of host. Once again this year the Tour de Pologne enjoys the patronage of the President of the Republic Bronislaw Komorowski, confirming itself as the nation's most important sports event and the most important race in all of Eastern Europe. Numerous guests from the world of sports and politics were involved in the event, including: Waldemar Pawlak (vice premier and ex minister for the economy), Beata Stelmach (vice minister of foreign affairs) and Katarzyna Sobierajska (representing the Polish ministry of sport and tourism).
“To celebrate edition number 70 I wanted to give cycling fans and lovers something special," explainsCzeslaw Lang. “To start off from Trentino in Italy is a dream come true for me; the Dolomites have written the legends of cycling and this is why I've always wished to also bring the Tour de Pologne to these climbs. I thank everyone present, particularly the delegations from the cities that will host the stages in the 2013 race and all our sponsors, from Skandia, Tauron, Lotos and Bank BGŻ, who always support us and without which it would not be possible to organize the race every year."
Meanwhile, against the backdrop of the loop at the BGŻ Arena, which has already been the theater for Track World Championships (2009) and European Championships (2010), young and super young talents from Polish cycling participated in a exhibition competition as the attending crowds cheered them on.
It was a terrific party which then retraced the route for the 2013 Tour de Pologne scheduled from July 27 to August 3. The greatest novelty for 2013 is definitely the start from Trentino in Italy. There are two stages scheduled to take place in Trentino. The stages will be Rovereto - Madonna di Campiglio and Marilleva Val di Sole - Passo Pordoi. At the gala Trentino was represented byTiziano Mellarini, Councilman for Agriculture, Forests, Tourism and Promotion for the Autonomous Province of Trento.
“The late great Polish Pope, John Paul II, was very fond of the territory of Trentino and we are close friends with Poland," says Councilman Mellarini. “We are honored to host the start of the 70th edition of the Tour de Pologne. For us this important initiative represents a further increase of our presence in Poland. The organization mechanism is well under way. Cycling is a major factor in our tourism offers and this is why we will be able to best receive the race and the entire Tour de Pologne caravan. Trentino is already well known in Poland for skiing and snow. The race will be the perfect occasion to also get to know the Dolomite climbs that make these Natural World Heritage mountains legendary in great cycling. We are really looking forward to hosting the Tour de Pologne and all Polish people.”
This year will witness an all-new phenomenon. It will be the first time the Tour de Pologne travels abroad and the first time a foreign World Tour race takes off from Italy. After Trentino and the Dolomites the Tour de Pologne will return within its national borders and continue firing up the crowds with another 5 stages: Krakow-Rzeszow, Tarnow-Katowice, Nowy Targ-Zakopane,Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa-Bukowina Tatrzanska and the final time trial at Wieliczka-Krakow.
Part of the evening was also dedicated to the collateral events catering to the public which contribute to the success of the race. The Nutella Mini Tour de Pologne is the event dedicated to kids, which for its sixth year will witness tomorrow's young champions pedaling and challenging each other in good fun every day on the finish lines of each stage before the arrival of the big race. The Tour de Pologne Amatorów is the race that will bring all cycling enthusiasts together to pedal in the tire tracks of the pros in the reigning stage at Bukowina Tatrzanska.