Sylwester Szmyd

Sylwester Szmyd

Personal information
Full name Sylwester Szmyd
Born (1978-03-02) 2 March 1978
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
Current team CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber/Domestique
Professional team(s)
2002–2003 Mercatone Uno
2004 Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2005–2008 Lampre–Caffita
2009–2012 Liquigas
2013–2014 Movistar Team
2015- CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice
Major wins
1 stage Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré (2009)
Infobox last updated on
18 May 2014

Sylwester Szmyd (born 2 March 1978) is a Polish professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice.[1] Born in Bydgoszcz, Szmyd is a climber who serves as a leader in smaller stage races, and as a strong mountain domestique for his team leaders in the Grand Tours; he has completed each of the 23 Grand Tours that he has started during his career.

Professional career

In 2009, Szmyd scored the first victory of his career when he crossed the finish line atop the Mont Ventoux during the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. He had broken away with Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and the pair finished together. Szmyd said afterward that he was so used to sacrifice himself as a domestique for his captains that his legs almost buckled in the last corner when he realized he would win.[2]

In the 2012 Giro del Trentino, Szmyd was allowed to race for himself and placed well on the final two stages of the race, which were mountainous. In stage 3, he came in second place after tackling a very steep climb, the Punta Veleno (8.5 km (5.3 mi) at an average 15% gradient). The finish line was situated 1.5 km (0.93 mi) after the summit.[3] On the last stage to Passo Pordoi, Szmyd came in fourth position of the altitude finish, securing his third place in the overall classification. Snow was falling as race winner Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago–CSF Bardiani), Damiano Cunego (Lampre–ISD) and himself were accepting their awards on the podium.[4]

He participated in the Giro d'Italia a couple of weeks later, riding in support of his leader Ivan Basso. He set the pace for the lead group numerous times in the hilly stages and managed a 28th general classification spot.[5]

Szmyd left his team of four years Liquigas–Cannondale at the end of the 2012 season, and joined the Movistar Team on a two-year contract, from the 2013 season onwards.[6] In December 2014 Szmyd announced he was joining the Polish CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice team on a one-year deal for 2015, after expressing dissatisfaction about his time at Movistar, where he was only selected for a Grand Tour once during his two years with the team.[1]

Career achievements

Major results

6th Overall Tour de Pologne
9th Gran Premio de Llodio
3rd Due Giorni Marchigiana – GP Fred Mengoni
6th Schynberg-Rundfahrt
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd GP Schwarzwald
4th Japan Cup
7th GP Industria & Artigianato – Larciano
5th Japan Cup
6th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Overall Settimana Lombarda
7th Giro dell'Emilia
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
5th Giro dell'Appennino
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
9th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
7th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
6th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
3rd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro 44 24 43 64 19 28 23 43 60 82 28 45
Yellow jersey Tour 27 61 42 71
red jersey Vuelta 29 74 24 14 25 17 45

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


  1. 1 2 Gadzała, Paweł (20 December 2014). "Sylwester Szmyd joins CCC Polsat Polkowice". Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. Jean-François Quénet (12 June 2009). "Szmyd takes his first win in Dauphiné stage five". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  3. Daniel Benson (19 April 2012). "Pozzovivo prevails in Brenzone". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  4. "Pozzovivo wins 2012 Giro del Trentino". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  5. "Giro d'Italia 2012 stage 21 results". Velo News. 2012 Competitor Group, Inc. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  6. Atkins, Ben (11 August 2012). "Eros Capecchi and Sylwester Szmyd quit Liquigas-Cannondale for Movistar". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

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