The Tour de Pologne will be the first stage race for Skujins after crashing out of the Tour of California in May. The Latvian hasn’t raced since the national championships in June and explained he is refreshed and ready for the WorldTour race starting Sunday in Krakow.
“The plan is simple. Race and test the body. Clearly I have done just two races since my crash in California and I’ve been training hard, so now I am just going to test out the body in racing,” said Skujins. “Training has been going really well and the body feels great, but once you throw yourself into a race and push yourself to the limit it’s a bit different. I’m pumped to test myself out and build a good block of intensity in for the second part of the year.”
Skujins won a stage at the Coppi e Bartali and finished second overall and will be hoping for similar results on familiar roads in Poland across the seven-stage race.
“The fans in Poland are pretty cool and I’ve acquired quite a few there. I’ve also raced plenty around Poland when I was coming through the ranks, so it’s a bit like coming back to the roots, only at higher speeds and with a deeper field,” he said. “On top of that, add good hotels and organizers that really make an effort to make the race exciting and enjoyable. It’s a winning combo.”
Dombrowski also makes his return to racing after a month’s break following his early-season schedule that included the Giro d’Italia and Tour de Suisse. The 26-year-old has raced in America over late July and August in recent years, including winning the Tour of Utah in 2015, but has decided on a European racing programme that includes making his Tour de Pologne debut. With Polish heritage, Dombrowski explained he is looking forward to more than just the sporting aspects of the race.
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