Report: Tomasz Marczyński joins CCC Polsat Polkowice

29-year-old returns to Polish team

The oddysey of Tomasz Marczyński has finally come to an end. After over three months of seeking a new team, Polish climber reached an agreement with ProContinental outfit CCC Polsat Polkowice and signed a three-year contract, securing his future and reinforcing Poland's only second division squad.

29-year-old spent last two seasons with Vacansoleil-DCM, marking his performances in ProTour ranks with 13th place in Vuelta a Espana 2012 and showing promising climbing skills with two consecutive wins in mountain classification of Tour de Pologne.

Showing that he is capable of performing well in three-week races, Marczyński hoped to take the next step and lead the team again in 2013 or at least try his luck during 100th edition of Tour de France. His plans collapsed, as early season started with health problems - ambitious rider had to undergo a surgery to remove cyst. That forced him to stop racing for nearly three months and contributed to lack of results - a rider's nightmare scenario as team's sponsor decided to withdraw from the sport.

While most of his teammates managed to secure their future, the fate of Polish rider remained unclear for the rest of the year. In January 2014, it was initially rumoured that Marczyński joined brand-new Polish team ActiveJet but both rider and the team denied having reached an agreement.

Marczyński raced in orange CCC Polsat Polkowice jersey for two years - back in 2010 and 2011 - winning two national champion titles - both in time trial and road race. He is now the last rider to join the team. The line-up for 2014 will consist of 19 riders, with Maciej Paterski and Branislau Samoilau reinforcing the squad and Italian veteran Davide Rebellin extending his contract for one more year.

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Many opportunities

Polish team has also presented full racing calendar for the first part of the year, securing so far three wild cards for WorldTour races, as well as a lot of invitations for important European events. Last week Volta a Catalunya organizers granted the team a wild card and team DS Piotr Wadecki revealed that in June his riders will face ProTour teams on demanding roads of Switzerland, participating in Tour de Suisse. The team is almost certain to receive a ticket for Tour de Pologne, as well.

Early season schedule gives the team a chance to present its potential  - Vuelta a Andalucia, Giro del Trentino, Tour of Turkey and Tour of Norway are among the most important positions in the calendar, with one-day races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kurne or Brabantse Pijl complementing the schedule.

Calendar:

13-16.02.2014     Tour Méditerranéen (2.1)
19-23.02.2014     Vuelta a Andalucia (2.1)
22-23.02.2014     Tour du Haut Var-matin (2.1)
01.03.2014        Vuelta a Murcia (1.1)
01.03.2014        Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (1.HC)
02.03.2014        Clasica de Almeria (1.HC)
02.03.2014        Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (1.1)
05.03.2014        Le Samyn (1.1)
15.03.2014        Ronde Van Drenthe (1.1)
16.03.2014        Dwars door Drenthe (1.1)
19.03.2014        Nokere Koerse (1.1)
20.03.2014        GP Nobili Rubinetterie (1.1)
21.03.2014        Handzame Classic (1.1)
23.03.2014        Cholet - Pays de Loire (1.1)
24-30.03.2014     Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (2.UWT)
04.04.2014        Route Adélie de Vitré (1.1)
05.04.2014        Volta Limburg Classic (1.1)
16.04.2014        De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne (1.HC)
21.04.2014        Rund um Köln (1.1)
22-25.04.2014     Giro del Trentino (2.HC)
27.04-04.05.2014  Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (2.HC)
01.05.2014        Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt (1.HC)
07-11.05 2014     Tour de Azerbaidjan (2.1)
09-11.05.2014     Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich (2.1)
18.05.2014        Garmin Velothon Berlin (1.1)
21-25.05.2014     Tour of Norway (2.HC)
12-14.06.2014     Tour of Malopolska (2.2)
14-22.06.2014     Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
18-22.06.2014     Ster ZLM Toer (2.1)
21-22.06.2014     Memoriał im. J. Grundmanna J. Wizowskiego (2.2)
26.06.2014        Polish National Championships - ITT
29.06.2014        Polish National Championships - RR
02-05.07.2014     Race of Solidarity and Olympics (2.1)
06-19.07.2014     Tour of Qinghai Lake (2.HC)
17-20.07.2014     Sibiu Cycling Tour (2.1)
29.07-02.08.2014  Dookoła Mazowsza (2.2)
03-09.08.2014     Tour de Pologne (2.UWT)

photo credit: rowery.org/M.Kosowski

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