The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, Siemianowice Śląskie and BUKOVINA Resort are the winners in the Most Beautiful City of the 76th Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour competition. Special distinctions went to Jaworzno, Zabrze and the Silesian Voivodeship. The awards ceremony took place in the InterContinental Hotel Warsaw. On behalf of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, the award was received by Jarosław Malik, Member of the Management Board for Engineering and Technology.
The Most Beautiful City of Tour de Pologne competition has been accompanying the race for four years now. It was created to encourage residents to cheer and support the participants in a creative and original manner, as well as to recognise the commitment of individual cities and partners. Candidates are evaluated by a jury consisting of representatives of the Lang Team, as well as sponsors and media patrons of Tour de Pologne.
This year, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine was announced the winner in the Start City category, after more than two decades of making history together with the Tour de Pologne. For three years the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine has been hosting the stage start of the Tour de Pologne race.
“We are very glad that the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine won in this category. This year, the Wieliczka Mine and the Daniłowicz Shaft welcomed not only some of the best velo teams in the world, but also crowds of fans who came to support the athletes in their struggles – and it was our third time. We would like to thank everybody for their support and really fantastic atmosphere in the city during the start,” said Zbigniew Zarębski, President of the Management Board of the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine.
Krakow and Tarnowskie Góry – two cities which hosted the first phase of the Tour de Pologne, were also nominated in the Start City category. Jaworzno received a special distinction in the Start City category – the city hosted the start of the fourth, neutralised stage of the race, which took place in an atmosphere of sadness and mourning after the tragic death of the Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht.
The LOTTO Flying Bonus category was won by Siemianowice Śląskie, which has been a part of the Tour de Pologne for a decade now. In this edition, the flying bonus was won by Charles Planet – he later won the LOTTO classification of the most active athlete.
Myślenice, Szaflary and Wilamowice were also nominated this year in the Bonus City category.
The Finish City category was won by BUKOVINA Resort – the place where the fate of the Tour de Pologne is decided. It was no different this year, when Matej Mohoric won the royal stage in an outstanding style, while Paweł Siwakow enjoyed his victory in the general standings.
Bielsko-Biała and Kraków were also nominated in the Finish City category. Krakow saw Pascal Ackermann in a sprint finish, and Bielsko-Biała saw the triumph of Luka Mezgec.
Zabrze received a special distinction in the new category – the best logistically and organisationally prepared Finish City, and in the Region Promotion category the award went to the Silesian Voivodeship.
The winners in the main categories received exceptional multimedia cups, as well as yellow T-shirts of the winners in general standings of the CARREFOUR 76th Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour. The winner in the Finish City category also received an additional prize in the form of an image campaign ran by Cityboard Media. The official awards ceremony took place in the InterContinental Hotel Warsaw – the official Partner of the Tour de Pologne.