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Pedal power: the history of the Tour de Pologne

Pedal power: the history of the Tour de Pologne

On the road. Competitors jostle for position in the Tour de Pologne. Grzegorz Momot/PAP Dating back to 1928, the gruelling Tour de Pologne has become…

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On the road. Competitors jostle for position in the Tour de Pologne. Grzegorz Momot/PAP Dating back to 1928, the gruelling Tour de Pologne has become Poland’s premiere cycling event. Competitors have to cover hundreds of kilometres across the country in a supreme test of fitness and endurance. Over the years it has been interrupted by war, and seen numerous thrills and spills. The first winner of the Tour de Pologne, originally known as ‘the run around Poland’, was Feliks Więcek, a butcher from Bydgoszcz who won on September 16, 1928. The tiring 1,491 kilometre race took nine days to complete. Seventy-one riders set off from the Dynasy track in Warsaw and visited Lublin, Lvov, Rzeszów, Kraków, Poznań and Łódź along the way with only 43 completing the race.National Digital Archive Poland The 77th Tour de Pologne gained a lot of attention after a horrific crash at the end of the first stage. Dylan Groenewegen who was leading the race adjusted his line as Fabio Jakobsen came up on his outside, Jakobsen ended up in the barriers and Groenewegen was disqualified. Jakobsen was placed in a medically induced coma but has now recovered, although it remains unknown if he will ever race again.Andrzej Grygiel/PAP Bolesław Napierała, known as the ‘Tiger of the Road’, was the rider first to win the event twice in 1937 when the event officially became known as the Tour de Pologne. This was also the first race in which foreign riders took part in the event. […]

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