Kwiatkowski leads Sky in Tour of Poland

The Tour of Poland is back for 2016 and looks likely to produce yet more exciting racing in Eastern Europe, with a similarly varied parcours to 2015, finished off with a win or bust individual time trial.

With few races in July due to the Tour de France dominating the cycling calendar a strong selection of riders will do battle at the popular WorldTour race across seven tough stages.

Michal Kwiatkowski and Michal Golas will be keen to excel on home turf, with the former back to full fitness following a bout of laryngitis that ruled him out of the Tour de France. Benat Intxausti will continue his recovery from injury in Poland, and no doubt he would love to equal or better the third place finish he achieved in 2014, while Peter Kennaugh will be racing for the first time since he broke his collarbone at the Tour of California.

Elia Viviani is likely to come to the fore on the race’s flatter days and the new Irish national road and time trial champion Nicolas Roche will be donning his fresh jerseys for the first time, as will new Czech Republic time trial champion Leopold Konig. Salvatore Puccio rounds out the strong eight-man team.