Kamil Gradek Promoted to the WorldTour with CCC Team18. October 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Polish rider Kamil Gradek will join CCC Team in 2019, General Manager Jim Ochowicz today announced.
The 28-year-old made his debut with CCC Sprandi Polkowice in 2018 and will follow CCC to Continuum Sports with the Polish shoe and bag manufacturer becoming title sponsor from 2019.
While racing at the Continental level, Gradek won Ronde van Midden Nederland in 2017 and Tour of China I in 2014, which helped to gain the attention of CCC Sprandi Polkowice.
“We are pleased to welcome Kamil Gradek to CCC Team in 2019. Kamil has a lot to learn and will gain valuable experience when he makes the transition to the WorldTour level. He will be a valuable domestique and we hope he can take opportunities for himself as he continues his development,” Ochowicz explained.
“Kamil has shown potential in the classics with tenth at Nokere Koerse this year and although he will make his debut with a WorldTour team, he has already raced some of the WorldTour one day races including Cyclassics Hamburg and Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. We look forward to seeing what Kamil can do with this opportunity next season.”
Gradek is excited to have the opportunity to step up to the WorldTour level.
“It has been my dream to ride for a WorldTour team and now this dream is coming true. To compete at the highest level of races and with the best riders is what I have always wanted to do, so I am very excited and I can’t wait for the upcoming season. To be be in any WorldTour team is something wonderful, but to be in a Polish WorldTour team will be very special so, I’m happy to be part of this project and I have a positive outlook to the future,” Gradek said.
“I know that I can learn a lot from the experienced riders in the team and I definitely want to develop more as a cyclist, and to be helpful for my teammates. I will do my best and believe I will be with the right team to achieve this. I would like to focus on some of the classic races, but I also want to take advantage of the team’s experience and expertise and improve my time trials as well.”
In keeping with team policy, no other details of the contract were released.