The second wild card for the Tour de Pologne is up to the Alpecin-Fenix team which stands out for its multidisciplinary approach.
Warsaw – April 1, 2021 – The unveiling of the wild cards for the 78th edition of the Tour de Pologne, UCI World Tour, continues and the second one rightfully goes to the Alpecin-Fenix team as the winner of the UCI Europe Tour rankings 2020.
The Belgian team, which confirmed its presence at the start, is certainly unique in the cycling panorama because of its multidisciplinary approach. From the three National Championships’ titles in a row earned by the Cyclocross World Champion Mathieu Van der Poel to the Mediterranean Epic stage won by Samuel Gaze, it’s clear that for Alpecin-Fenix it’s a priority to perform in all the disciplines.
The team managers Philip and Christoph Roodhooft confirm that they’re really pleased to be part of the Polish race with their squad. “Winning last year’s UCI Europe Tour enabled us to discover lots of WorldTour races in 2021,” they said. “We look forward to our first participation at the Tour de Pologne, which is always a challenging race with a strong field of competitors. We will surely have a strong lineup for this race, where we hope to get some nice stage results. We also look forward to riding in Poland again. We don’t get to race here often, but it’s a country that offers a variety of terrains and locations: a natural environment perfectly suited for cycling.”
Czesław Lang, General Director of Tour de Pologne, explains how he’s impressed by the aptitude of this growing team. “Alpecin-Fenix is a complete team with plenty of talented riders. Along with a phenomenal Mathieu Van der Poel, there are very interesting athletes such as Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen, who recently demonstrated once again how different disciplines can help form a champion. I’m pretty curious about what this team can show in their first appearance at the Tour de Pologne. ”