40 teams to ride 2014 Carpathian Couriers Race
2014 edition to see the biggest peleton in its history
After the success of 2013 edition, Carpathian Couriers Race organizers are happy to annouce that this year’s event will welcome the largest peleton in its history. Due to the huge interest in taking part in 6th edition of the race, the number of invitations has been extended from 30 to 40.
– The number of equipes interested in participating was far beyond our expetactions and applications from teams such as Australian National Team, Etixx-Ihned or Lotto-Belisol U-23 make us happy and encourage us to work even harder – race sport director Marek Kosicki said.
The biggest U-23 race in Central Europe has also been granted one additional day by International Cycling Union (UCI), providing young guns with six opportunities of fighting for stage victory and challenging rivals in general classification. 2014 edition starts on the April 29 and finishes on the May 4 with the route featuring stages in four countries – Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. The detailed course is yet to be announced but it is likely to be both demanding and balanced, allowing riders of different specialities to present their potential
2013 edition was won by Jo Piels’ Stefan Poutsma who secured overall victory by claiming the preultimate stage. What is also worth mentioning, two stage winners – Michael Kolar and Boris Vallee – are currently gaining experience in ProTour ranks as they both signed professional contracts with Tinkoff Saxo and Lotto-Belisol respectively.
Offcial presentation of teams invited to the race will take place in less than a month – on February 22.