Czesław Lang, Organizer of a large sports event: Tour de Pologne. Medalist in the Olympics and the world cycling championships. One of the best Polish cyclists, silver medalist in the 1980 Olympics, twice a medalist in the world championships. In 1982, when signing a contract with the Italian GIS Gelati-Campagnolo team, he became the first professional cyclist not only from Poland, but from all of the Warsaw Pact countries. Together with the greatest stars of Italian cycling, he participated in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. During his professional career, he won 30 races. After ending his career, in 1993 he became the Director General of the Tour de Pologne. He quickly rebuilt the failing event and took it to new heights. Currently, the Tour de Pologne is part of the UCI World Tour, in other words, the Champions’ League of cycling and is the largest cycling race in Central-Eastern Europe.
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