Tour de Pologne, the road bicycle race, is the most prestigious Polish sport event, with an 86-year tradition. The first Tour de Pologne took place in September 1928. 71 cyclists participated in that race. The first race was organized by the Warsaw Cycling Society and the “Przegl?d Sportowy” newspaper. From the very beginning, the race was regarded as one of the largest sports events in Poland. The tradition of the race was revived after World World II in 1947. Until 1992 it was organized as an amateur race. In 1993, a new chapter began in the history of Tour de Pologne. Czes?aw Lang, the 1980 Olympics silver medallist and the precursor of Polish professional cycling, invested his own money in the struggling venture. In a short time it became a world class event. International cycling stars started to appear among the professional teams participating in the Tour, such as Maurizio Fondriest, Pawe? Tonkov, Peter Lutenberger, Adriano Baffi, Andy Hampsten, Marco Pantani, Jewgienij Bierzin, Dmitri Konyshev, Marcus Zberg, Jens Voigt, Peter van Petegem, Tom Steels, Jaan Kirsipuu, Alexander Vinocourov, Chris Boardman, Stuart O’Grady, Danilo Di Luca, as well as the best Polish riders – Zbigniew Spruch, Zenon Jasku?a and Dariusz Baranowski. Over next few years the race has been promoted by the UCI, reaching Class 2.2 in 2004. In the 2005 season, Tour de Pologne was included in the ProTour cycle, as the only event of this kind in Central and Eastern European countries.