Four years ago, this race was won by Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia, who is now one of the biggest stars of international cycling and the Grand Tour. In the Czech Republic, Tao Geoghegan Hart competed and finished second overall. He has since won the Giro d´Italia. Julian Alaphilippe of France, twice World Champion, finish eighth when he competed in 2013. The Peace Race U23, which takes place in the Jesenik District from 2 to 5 June as part of the Nations’ Cup, is a stepping stone between the youth categories and the cycling world proper.
Competitors are expected to come again from Europe and overseas, and some are sure to progress to the World Tour in the future. "We are convinced we will again see one of the future stars," believes Leopold König, a former elite cyclist and now race director.
From the UCI rankings, 23 six-member teams were nominated for the Peace Race, including Canada, Spain, Italy and Belgium - a total of almost 140 competitors. The Czech national team will currently be the strongest possible, and will include top names such as the talented Mathias Vacek (on the photo), winner of this year's UAE Tour stage, and Pavel Bittner, the winner of one of last year's stages. The last time a Czech competitor finished on the podium in the overall standings was Michal Schlegel in 2017.
"It is natural that as the race takes place in the Czech Republic, we pin our hopes on the domestic riders. It would definitely be exiting for spectators and make everyone happy if a Czech rider makes the podium for a stage, or even better in the overall standings," says König.
The Peace Race will start with a prologue through the streets of Jeseník on 2 June. The first stage will lead from Jeseník to Rýmařov, where cyclists will have the dreaded crossing of the Červenohorské sedlo. The second stage follows the route Bruntál - Dlouhé stráně, where there is a very challenging climb which the riders must complete twice. The final stage again starts and finishes in Jeseník. In total, the riders will cover 436 kilometres and climb more than 6,800 metres.
Peace Race U 23
2 – 5 June 2022, 4 stages, 436 kilometres, total climb of over 6 800 metres.
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Peace Race partners
general partner Sazka * main partner MND * cars provided by B of B cars * partners Satum, ACE sport, Bohemia Crystal, Prim, Scott, ReklamniPlachty.cz * with support Nadace ČEZ, Moravian-Silesian Region, Olomouc Region, Jeseník, Rýmařov, Bruntál, Czech Cycling Federation, National Sports Agency